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We should always keep this model of a missionary before us:

A Son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

is a man on fire with love, who spreads its flames wherever he goes. He desires mightily and strives by all means possible

to set everyone on fire with God’s love. Nothing daunts him:

he delights in privations, welcomes work, embraces sacrifices, smiles at slander,

rejoices in all the torments

and sorrows he suffers,

and glories in the cross of Jesus Christ.

His only concern

is how he may follow Christ

and imitate him

in praying, working, enduring and striving constantly and solely for the greater glory of God and the salvation of humankind.

— CMF Fundamental Constitution, 9

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Prayers

Prayers for the Journey A Book of Prayers for the Claretian in Formation

for the Journey

Prayers for the Journey A Book of Prayers for the Claretian in Formation

A Book of Prayers for the Claretian in Formation

Come, Holy Spirit

The Word Made Flesh

Language is one of the most important human inventions, if not the greatest. With language, not only do we have the power to express ourselves and communicate with one another, we are also able to pass on our memory, both personal and collective, to the next generation. What humans invented in the beginning as spoken language, they later developed into a written form with its own systems and rules. So we have history and the continuation of human civilization. The experiences of women and men, their thoughts and actions, have been “captured” and expressed in words. But this somehow turned what was flowing and dynamic into something frozen and unchanging. This is how human words are, but God’s Word is always dynamic and ever-flowing. God utters his Word from the very beginning and is the Word through which everything was made and which sustains everything. Unlike human words that embody our human experiences, thoughts and actions, the Word of God became a “Body” to experience, think and act like us; the Word was made flesh and became human, one like us. In him we see the language of God—what God wants to tell us—and in his life, we see how God speaks to us.

A New Language

We are children of God, our Father, who continually speaks to us. In the past he spoke through different languages until his Word became flesh in Jesus. Now, we come to know his words, specially through the language we learned from our mothers and fathers—our mother tongue. Yet God speaks not only in one single language but in other tongues as well. English has become the international and common language of the world; with English we hear the many other voices through which God speaks to us. English is a key that opens the door to the richness

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of today’s research in philosophy, theology and Scripture. With the use of English, we are able to have access to the wealth of materials the Internet offers since English remains the main language of the worldwide web and technology. With the English language, we are also able to reach out to people of other culture, languages and nationalities.

The Holy Spirit

We began learning English with the English words and phrases we heard, even before we went to school, and since then, we have continuously studied English throughout our school life. Different from our first language, English has become the language of the classroom—a language of the mind that we use in our study, and less of our heart. We have learned to listen, speak, read and write in English, but we do not think, much less, feel in English. This is the next step in our learning of English—to be able to use English as a second language with fluency and accuracy. As human language is part of God’s creative work, we will have to ask his Holy Spirit to help us learn English. Let us pray for a new Pentecost that God may send us his Spirit to open our hearts and minds, that he may teach us how to learn English as a language of understanding and love.

A New Way of Learning

In the following weeks, you will learn English not as an academic subject, but by using it as the language of your daily

life from waking up in the morning until you go to bed at night, and hopefully, even in your dreams. The English Camp has the following components:

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English as the medium of communication 24/6 (except Sunday, which is “Mother Tongue Day”)

o daily personal prayer, community celebrations, and

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prayer workshops sessions and activities about the human, Christian and Claretian calling

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dynamics on self-awareness, interpersonal relationship, Christian vocation, study skills (brainstorming, mind

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mapping, note taking), problem solving, and critical and logical thinking workshops in listening, speaking, reading, and writing

o evening activities: cultural programs, movie forums,

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games and recreational activities nightly assessment of the day’s schedule and planning for the following day

o special weekend activities: group dynamics, cultural presentations, recollection, outing

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Common Prayers Claret the evangelizer prays because Christ the evangelizer does it. Furthermore, his prayer is

Common

Prayers

Claret the evangelizer prays because Christ the evangelizer does it. Furthermore, his prayer is

in the Son, and through his Spirit, which shouts:

.... extent, a battle with God on behalf of the people

“Father.”

For Claret, prayer was, to a great

to obtain the conversion of all to the Gospel. In prayer, ultimately, his charity is converted into a

flame of passion. Temperamentally, his oral prayer

is developed better than methodical, discursive prayer; in it he felt freer in mind and heart.

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espiritu Santo. Amén. In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

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The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Padre Nuestro

Padre nuestro, que estás en el cielo, santificado sea tu nombre. Venga a nosotros tu reino. Hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. Perdona nuestras ofensas, como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden. No nos dejes caer en la tentación y líbranos del mal. Amén.

Pater Noster

Pater Noster qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

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Hail, Mary

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Dios te salve, María

Dios te salve, María, llena eres de gracia, el Señor es contigo. Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres, y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre, Jesús. Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores, ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén.

Ave Maria

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

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Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Gloria

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al Espíritu Santo como era en el principio, ahora y siempre, por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

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Gloria

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

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Glory to God in the Highest

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, only begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

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The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell;

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on the third day he rose again from the dead;

he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

  • I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

The Nicene Creed

  • I believe in one God the Father almighty,

maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

  • I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us people and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

(All bow during this line)

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

  • I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,

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who has spoken through the prophets.

  • I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

  • I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins

and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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Prayers to the Holy Spirit Come, Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you will renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray. Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful; grant that through the same Spirit we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Openness

Come, Holy Spirit, as you came to the Apostles and to Mary on that day of Pentecost. Come, fill me with your light and power, open my mind that I may hear and understand, open my heart that I may see and feel God’s Word and the words of my sisters and brothers in this new language. Amen.

Prayer for a New Pentecost

On that day of Pentecost, you came as tongues of fire

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on the community of disciples gathered with Mary, the Mother of believers, to set their hearts on fire with renewed strength and courage. Spirit of the Father and the Son, come again to us, your disciples, gathered as Sons of the Immaculate Heart, to inflame in our hearts the zeal for the Kingdom, and inspire us to learn English as a new language of love and life in our community in loving dialogue with one another. Amen.

Divine Holy Spirit

Divine Holy Spirit, eternal Love of the Father and of the Son,

  • I adore you, I thank you, I love you,

and I ask your pardon for all the times

  • I have grieved you in myself and in my neighbor.

Descend with your grace when I wake up that I may see the world with your light,

when I start the day that I may begin it with your strength, and complete it in your love. Be the light, sanctity and zeal. To you, Spirit of truth,

  • I consecrate my mind, imagination, and memory: enlighten me.

May I know Jesus Christ our Teacher and understand his Gospel and the teaching of the holy Church. Increase in me the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and counsel. To you, sanctifying Spirit, I consecrate my will. Guide me in your way, sustain me in doing the Father’s will, and in following Jesus. Grant me the gifts of fortitude and fear of God. To you, life-giving Spirit, I consecrate my heart.

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Guard and increase my faith. Strengthen my hope and trust in God. Grant me the gift of charity. Amen.

Prayers for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Lord Jesus Christ, who before ascending into heaven, promised to send the Holy Spirit to continue your work, send the same Holy Spirit to me that she may perfect in me the work of your grace and your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may discern and choose what is truly necessary, the Spirit of Understanding that I may see with the light of your truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may choose the way of God’s will, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may stand up for justice and truth, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God in serving others, the Spirit of the Fear of God that I may be filled with loving reverence of God. Mark me, Holy Spirit of God, with the sign of a true disciple:

the love of God and others. Amen.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding

Holy Spirit of wisdom and understanding, enlighten our minds to perceive the mysteries of the universe in relation to eternity. Spirit of right judgment and courage, guide us and make us firm in our baptismal decision to follow Jesus’ way of love. Spirit of knowledge and reverence, help us to see the lasting value of justice and mercy

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in our everyday relationship with one another. May we respect life as we work to solve problems of family and nation, economy and ecology. Spirit of God, spark our faith, hope and love into new action each day. Fill our lives with wonder and awe in your presence which penetrates all creation. Amen.

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, replace the tension within me with a holy relaxation. Replace the turbulence within me with a sacred calm. Replace the anxiety within me with a quiet confidence. Replace the fear within me with a strong faith. Replace the bitterness within me with the sweetness of grace. Replace the darkness within me with a gentle light. Replace the coldness within me with a loving warmth. Replace the night within me with your light. Straighten my crookedness. Fill my emptiness. Dull the edge of my pride. Sharpen the edge of my humility. Light the fires of my love. Quench the flames of my lust. Let me see myself as you see me. That I may see you as you have promised, and be fortunate according to your word:

“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8).

St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy; act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy; draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,

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that I love but what is holy; strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend that is holy; guard me then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

Pope St. Pius X’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, divine Spirit of light and love, I consecrate to you my understanding, my heart and my will, my whole being for time and for eternity. May my understanding be always submissive to your heavenly inspirations and to the teachings of the holy Catholic Church, of which you are the infallible Guide. May my heart be ever inflamed with love of God and neighbor; may my will be ever conformed to the divine will, and may my whole life be a faithful following of the life and virtues of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom, with the Father and you, Holy Spirit, be honor and glory forever. Amen.

Pope St. John Paul II’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, most welcome Guest of our hearts, reveal to us the profound meaning of your Word and prepare our hearts to live it in faith, in hope which does not disappoint, and in love which seeks nothing in return. Spirit of truth, you who search the depths of God, memory and prophecy in the Church, lead humankind to recognize in Jesus of Nazareth the Lord of glory, the Savior of the world, the supreme fulfillment of history.

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Creator Spirit, hidden builder of the Kingdom, by the power of your saints, guide the Church to carry to the coming generations the light of the Word who brings salvation. Spirit of holiness, divine Breath, which moves the universe, come and renew the face of the earth. Awaken in Christians a desire for full unity, that they may be for the world an effective sign and instrument of intimate union with God and of the unity of the whole human race. To you, Spirit of love, with the almighty Father and only begotten Son, be praise, honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Cardinal Mercier’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

O Holy Spirit, Soul of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten, guide, strengthen and console me. Tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it. I promise to be submissive in everything that you permit to happen to me, only show me what is your will. Amen.

St. Alphonsus Liguori’s Prayer for the Help of the Holy Spirit

O God, send forth your Holy Spirit into my heart that I may perceive, into my mind that I may remember, and into my soul that I may meditate. Inspire me to speak with piety, holiness, tenderness and mercy. Teach, guide and direct my thoughts and senses from beginning to end. May your grace ever help and correct me, and may I be strengthened now with wisdom from on high, for the sake of your infinite mercy. Amen.

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Saint Anthony of Padua’s Prayer for the Indwelling of the Spirit

Holy Spirit, powerful Consoler, sacred Bond of the Father and the Son, Hope of the afflicted, descend into my heart and in your love, dwell in me. Enkindle in my lukewarm soul the fire of your love, so that I may wholly live according to your will. We believe that when you dwell in us, you also prepare a dwelling for the Father and the Son. Come to me, Consoler of the abandoned and Protector of the needy. Help the afflicted, strengthen the weak, support the wavering. Come and purify me; let no evil desire prevail over me. You love the humble and resist the proud. Come to me, Glory of the living and Hope of the dying. Lead me by your grace that I may always be pleasing to you. Amen.

Veni Creator

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, And in our souls take up your rest; Come with your grace and heavenly aid To fill the hearts which you have made.

O Comforter, to you we cry, O heavenly gift of God Most High, O fount of life and fire of love, And sweet anointing from above.

You in your sevenfold gifts are known; You, finger of God’s hand, we own; You, promise of the Father, you

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Who do the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our senses from above, And make our hearts o’erflow with love; With patience firm and virtue high The weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread, And grant us your peace instead; So shall we not, with you for guide, Turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may your grace on us bestow The Father and the Son to know; And you, through endless times confessed, Of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son, Who rose from death, be glory given, With you, O holy Comforter, Henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.

St. Anthony Mary Claret’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, teach us to speak little and discreetly, to do all things fervently, and to praise God constantly. Amen.

Hildegarde of Bingen’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, life-giving Life, Universal Mover and the Root of all creation, Refiner of all things from their dross, bring forgiveness of guilt and oil for our wounds. You are the radiance of life, most worthy of worship, wakening and reawakening both earth and heaven.

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St. Ephrem’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

In your Bread, Lord, there is hidden the Spirit who is not consumed, in your Wine there dwells the Fire that is not drunk:

the Spirit is in your Bread, the Fire in your Wine, a manifest wonder, that our lips have received, and that worship is our work in the world. Truth and Love are wings that cannot be separated, for Truth without Love is unable to fly, so too Love without Truth is unable to soar up:

their yoke is one of harmony. The Spirit loves us with the truth, perhaps most helpfully when we must make decisions.

Peace Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Prayer for Peace

Pope St. John Paul II

Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are yourself our peace and reconciliation,

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who so often said, “Peace to you,” grant us peace. Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace. May all peoples on the earth become as brothers and sisters. May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all. Amen.

St. Benedict’s Prayer

Gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, intelligence to understand you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate on you, and a life to proclaim you through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Generosity

St. Ignatius of Loyola

O Lord, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing that I am doing your holy will. Amen.

Soul of Christ

Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O Good Jesus, hear me.

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Within your wounds shelter me. Allow me not to be separated from you. From the evil one protect me. At the hour of my death call me and bid me come to you, that I may praise you with all your saints for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer of Abandonment

Blessed Charles de Foucauld

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you:

  • I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only your will be done in me and in all your creatures—

  • I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul:

  • I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,

for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,

to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father. Amen.

St. Francis of Assisi’s Vocation Prayer

Most high, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of our minds. Give us a right faith, a firm hope and a perfect charity, so that we may always and in all things act according to your holy will. Amen.

Serenity Prayer

God, grant me

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the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Taking, as he did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that he will make all things right if I surrender to his will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with him forever in the next. Amen.

Prayer to the Sacred Heart

  • I give and consecrate myself

to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person and my life, my actions, pains and sufferings,

so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being other than to honor,

love and glorify the Sacred Heart. This is my unchanging purpose, namely, to be all his, and to do all things for the love of him, at the same time renouncing with all my heart whatever is displeasing to him.

  • I therefore take you, O Sacred Heart,

to be the only object of my love, the guardian of my life, my assurance of salvation, the remedy of my weakness and inconstancy, the atonement for all the faults of my life and my sure refuge at the hour of death. Be then, O Heart of goodness, my mediator before God the Father, who never ceases to love us no matter what. O Heart of love, I put all my confidence in you,

for I fear everything from my own wickedness and frailty, but I hope for all things

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from your goodness and bounty. Remove from me all that can displease you or resist your holy will; let your pure love imprint your image so deeply upon my heart, that I shall never be able to forget you or to be separated from you. May I obtain from all your loving kindness the grace of having my name written in your Heart, for in you I desire to place all my happiness and glory. Amen.

Prayer to the Guardian Angel

Angel of God, my guardian dear to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

Prayer Before Meals

Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your bounty through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer After Meals

We give you thanks, O Lord, for all these gifts that we have just received from your bounty through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,

  • I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.

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Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

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Angelus

Leader. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. All. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary…

Leader. Behold the handmaid of the Lord. All. Be it done unto me according to your Word.

Hail Mary…

Leader. And the Word was made flesh. All. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary…

Leader. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. All. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Leader. Let us pray. All. Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we to whom the incarnation of Christ, your Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may, by his passion and cross, we be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Glory Be…

Queen of Heaven

Recited in place of the Angelus during Eastertide

Leader. Queen of heaven, rejoice! Alleluia. All. For he whom you were worthy to bear, Alleluia.

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Leader. Has risen, as he said. Alleluia. All. Pray for us to God. Alleluia.

Leader. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.

All.

For the Lord has truly risen. Alleluia.

Leader. Let us pray. All. O God, who through the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, willed to fill the world with joy, grant, we beseech you, that through his Virgin Mother, Mary, we may come to the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy! Hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,

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but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

O Mary, Bright Dawn of the New World

Pope St. John Paul II

O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life:

look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and Lover of life. Amen.

Mary, Jesus’ Teacher

Mary, Jesus’ Teacher; Mary, my Mother, it was you who taught Jesus, your Son, his first word. I come to you, Mother, during our years in formation that you may help me to learn, to say the right words at the right time in the right place. Amen.

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In Our Mother’s Heart

Mary, your Son, Jesus, brought me to you to be a son of your Immaculate Heart. Form me in your heart that I may be born anew in the image of your Son. Accompany me in my vocation journey, be there with me in my initial Claretian steps, and hold my hand when you see that I am beginning to fear and hesitate. Hold me in your motherly embrace that I may not waver in the path I have chosen. Be my tutor as I study and learn English as the language of our community and of our universal congregation. Amen.

Prayer to Mary, a Migrant with Joseph and Jesus

Mary, when you accepted to be the mother of Jesus, you also accepted to suffer with him even before his time had come. When he was an infant, you had to leave your homeland and flee to Egypt with Joseph and Jesus that you may save your Child, God’s Son and our Savior. You experienced being away from your home and lived as a stranger in a foreign land; you left behind the security and the comfort of being in one’s own country and faced a life of uncertainty and insecurity. Now, dear Mother, we commend to you the many migrants and refugees in our present world, who had to leave their family and loved ones, to suffer pain and loneliness away from their homes and country, in search of freedom, livelihood and a better future.

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Accompany them as you accompanied Joseph and Jesus, be with them to comfort them with your motherly care, and teach them to trust and never lose hope in the Father’s unconditional love and concern for us, his children. Amen.

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, we entrust to you the entire Church Remember all your sons and daughters; make their prayer effective before God; preserve them solid in faith; strengthen their hope and increase their charity. We entrust to your Immaculate Heart the whole human race; lead them all to know the one true Savior, Christ Jesus. Free them from the punishment of sin. Grant the whole world true and lasting peace in justice, freedom and love. Make the whole Church rise to the God of mercies a hymn of joy, thanksgiving and rejoicing for the wonders the Lord has worked through you, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Joseph

O most holy spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and father of Jesus, our Savior and Brother, guide and protect us with your fatherly love. You accepted to be the guardian of our Savior, you protected him and his mother when in danger and provided them for their needs. You watched Jesus grow, you formed and educated him to be a loving and faithful Child of God.

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As I begin my formation as a Claretian Missionary, be my guardian and protector, guide me as you guided Jesus, and teach me to be loving and faithful to my vocation. Pray for us to God that our community may be like your family in Nazareth. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Jude

O most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege given to you, to bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (state your request) and that I may praise God with you and all the elect forever. I promise, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Anthony to Find What Is Lost

St. Anthony, when you prayed, your stolen book of prayers was given back to you. Pray now for all of us who have lost things precious and dear. Pray for all who have lost faith, hope or the friendship of God. Pray for us who have lost friends or relatives by death. Pray for all who have lost peace of mind or spirit. Pray that we may be given new hope, new faith, new love. Pray that lost things, needful and helpful to us, may be returned to our keeping. Or, if we must continue in our loss, pray that we may be given Christ’s comfort and peace. Amen.

Prayer for Parents

Jesus, everlasting Word of the Father, you became a mem-

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ber of our human family to show us the way to be fully human as the way to the fullness of life that God wants for us, his children. We were all born into our families; it was our mothers and fathers who gave flesh and life to us, and who brought us to the Church to be your children in baptism. To answer your call to follow you, I left my father and mother and came to this formation house. I miss them sometimes, but knowing that in your love we are always together gives me comfort. I ask you to bless my father and mother; take my place with them, that they may feel your loving presence. Amen.

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Claretian Prayers “I was driven to work for God’s greater glory and the salvation of souls

Claretian

Prayers

“I was driven to work for God’s greater glory and

the salvation of souls … the Lord showed me …

the best and most fitting [means] to attain that

goal. The first means I have always employed and still do is prayer.” — Autobiography 264

Prayers of St. Anthony Mary Claret

Apostolic Prayer

O my God and my Father, may I know you and make you known; may I love you and make you loved; may I serve you and make you served; may I praise you and make all creatures praise you. My Father, grant that all sinners may be converted, all the just persevere in grace, and all of us attain eternal glory. Amen.

Nothing More than to Love You

Because you are so good, my Father, I want nothing more than to know your holy will, so that I may do it; nothing more than to love you with all my heart and serve you with all fidelity. Father, give me the constant grace to know what pleases you, and the strength of will to do it. Amen.

Here I am, Lord

Here I am, Lord. If you want, make me an instrument to proclaim your kingdom. Lord, let me eat in order to gain energy and serve you better; let me use the things of this world as needs require, let me study to know and serve you better and to help my brothers and sisters; let me rest to regain the strength I have used up and serve you better.

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You are More than Enough for Me

Lord, you are my love, my honor, my hope, my refuge. You are my glory and my goal. My Master, my Father. Help me to seek nothing more than you

nor to know anything but your holy will and how to fulfill it.

  • I want you alone, and in you, by you and for you all other things. You are more than enough for me.

Make me love you as you love me and as you would have me love you.

Fire that Forever Blazes

Fire that forever blazes and never goes out,

love that forever burns and never grows cold, embrace me that I may love you.

  • I love you, Jesus, with all my heart,

with all my soul, with all my strength. O that I may love you more and that all may love you. O that you might be loved by me and by all your creatures. Most Holy Virgin, grant me the favor that all may be saved and no one condemned.

Father, Teach Me Goodness

  • I believe, Lord, but let me believe more firmly.

  • I hope, Lord, but let me hope more surely.

  • I love, Lord, but let me love more ardently.

  • I repent, Lord, but let me repent more deeply.

  • I beg you, Lord, what do you want me to do?

Teach me to fulfill your will, for you are my God.

Give me an understanding heart to distinguish right from wrong. Father, give me humility, meekness, chastity, patience and charity. Father, teach me goodness, knowledge and discipline. Father, give me your love, together with your grace, and I will be rich enough.

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My God, My Jesus, My All

My God, my Jesus, my All. On the cross I have lived and on the cross I wish to die, and from the cross I hope to come down, not by my own hands, but by the hands of others, after my sacrifice has been consumed. God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ, through which the world is crucified to me and I to the world. Amen.

Exercise on the Love of God

My God, be the God you are and have always been:

I find joy in whatever you are. You have infinite power: be the all-powerful God you are. You have infinite wisdom: may you be praised, be the infinite wisdom you are. You have infinite goodness, infinite charity, and infinte forgiveness. Lord, be the infinite goodness, charity and forgiveness you are. Lord, be the infinite mercy, providence and generosity you are. Lord, you are glorious and blessed without end; be as glorious and blessed as you are.

You, Lord, are Three and One, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons and one true God; be three and one as you are. You are our Savior and Glorifier and that of all creatures, may you be praised.

You, Lord are universal Lord, who are loved, praised and served by the angels, and the blessed in heaven and by the people on earth; be Lord of all, and may all in heaven and on earth love, praise,

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and serve you without end.

Heart of Jesus, love God for me. Heart of Mary, love God for me. Heart of all the saints, love God for me. All you, choirs of angels, love God for me. All creatures, love God for me.

Divine Fire that always burns and is never extinguished, Heart of Jesus, that always burns and never grows cold, make my heart always burn with the fire of divine love. Amen.

Short Prayers

For apostolic charity

O my God! Grant me apostolic charity, that I may do everything forcefully yet gently, with meekness and love.

In practicing the virtues

Jesus, give me the grace to imitate you faithfully in practicing all the virtues. With you I can do all things, but absolutely nothing without you.

My love, my hope

My Lord, you are my love, my honor, my hope, my refuge. You are my life, my glory, my goal, my Master, my Father, my love.

Thank you for your kindness

Thank you, Lord, for your kindness, because you use every means to bring sinners back. Blest be your providence, that always watches over me. Now and forever I will sing your eternal mercy.

I want to love you

I want to love you, my God, with all my heart, with all my being, with all my strength:

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  • I consecrate to you my thoughts, desires, words and actions,

whatever I have and whatever I can be. Let me use what I have for your greater honor and glory according to your will.

Like water mingled with wine

Lord, as water is mingled with wine in the Eucharist, so I want to unite myself to you and offer myself with you to the Most Blessed Trinity.

Send me your Spirit

  • I beg you, Lord, beause of my human frailty,

to send me your Spirit to enlighten me and enkindle your love within me, to guide me and lead me along the right path of Jesus Christ and of the Virgin Mary, mother of God and my mother.

Immaculate Mary, Daughter of God

God hails you, Immaculate Mary, Daughter of God the Father, God hails you, Immaculate Mary, Mother of God’s Son. God hails you, Immaculate Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit. God hails you, Mary, mother and advocate of sinners. Blest are you among women. You are the glory of Jerusalem, the joy of Israel and the honor of your people. You are the protectress of the weak, comfort of the afflicted, and the shining light in our journey. You are the health of the sick, the courage of the dying, and the gate of heaven. You, after Jesus Christ, the blessed fruit of your womb, are all our hope. O clement, O loving, O sweet and Immaculate Mary.

Mother of Divine Love

O Mary, my mother, Mother of Divine Love!

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I can ask for nothing more pleasing to you nor anything you are more ready to grant than the love of God. Grant me this, my mother and my love. Mother, I hunger and thirst for love. Help me, and satisfy my need. O Heart of Mary, furnace and instrument of love, kindle in me the love of God and neighbor!

Missionary Son of Mary

O Virgin Mother of God, you are well aware that we are your sons and ministers, formed by you in the forge of your mercy and love. We are like arrows poised in your mighty hand. Release us, our mother, against what opposes the kingdom of God. Trusting in your protection, we proclaim the Gospel armed only with the Word of God, and the title of Sons of your Immaculate Heart. Mother, yours will be the victory. Amen.

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Conformity to Christ

Lord our God, who chose the ever-virgin Mary as mother of your Son and our mother, grant that, by faithfully dedicating ourselves to her maternal heart, we may conform ourselves more fully to Christ

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and imitate her cooperation in the saving work of her Son, dedicating ourselves with greater generosity to the apostolic mission of faithfully proclaiming the Gospel in oder to love you above all things and help our brothers and sisters who are most in need. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Dedication to the Heart of Mary

O Virgin Mother of God,

  • I dedicate myself to you as your son,

and in the honor and glory of your purity,

  • I consecrate to you my body and soul, my senses and feelings, and I beg you to grant me the grace

of never sinning again. Amen. Mother, behold your son. Mother, behold your son. Mother, behold your son.

In you, my sweetest mother,

  • I have put all my trust and confidence;

let me never be put to shame. Amen.

Filial and Apostolic Prayer to the Heart of Mary

O Virgin Mother of God,

  • I dedicate myself to you as your son and servant.

  • I consecrate myself to your maternal love

that you may form Jesus in me, the Son sent by the Father

and anointed by the Holy Spirit

to proclaim the Good News to the poor.

  • I place myself in your hands

that you might send me to all the people, your sons and daughters, and my brothers and sisters. Let me reveal the Father to them. Teach me to treasure the Word in my heart, as you did,

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until it transforms me into the Gospel of God. Make me a docile instrument of your maternal love,

that I may engender new sons and daughters for the Gospel. Mother, here is your son, form me. Mother, here is your son, send me. Mother, here is your son, speak through me, love through me. Keep me in your Heart, that having proclaimed the Gospel to others,

  • I may not be excluded from the Kingdom. Amen.

Dedication to the Heart of Mary

Mother of the Lord, Heart of Mary, you who presided as Foundress over the founding of our Congregation, always be our inspiration and the heart of our Congregation, so necessary for contemplation and for new dreams. In this world, so loved by the Father, and so beset by unbelief and injustice, speak for us and testify through our lives to the message of the kingdom. Mother of the Lord, pray that the Spirit, who impels us toward a new world, comes to us. Mother, with your Heart, pray for us, intercede for us!

Offering to the Heart of Mary

O Virgin Mary, mother of God and our mother,

  • I entrust myself to your maternal love

that you may make me a missionary in the image and likeness of your Son, sent by the Father, to proclaim the Good News to the poor. Teach me to believe, love and serve like you.

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Make me generous and grateful so that I may joyfully live the gift of my missionary vocation. Amen.

We are Missionaries!

31 Prayer Celebrations from the XXV CMF General Chapter Declaration “Witnesses and Messengers of the Joy of the Gospel” *

The following may be recited as an introductory part to community

reflection, or to conclude a community prayer or celebration. It can

also be read in place of the customary reading before meals, in which case, the grace before meals at the end of each prayer celebration is said.

Prayer Celebration 1 Introduction Part 1 (MS 1-2)

Introduction Leader. We are missionaries! The Spirit called us to be mission- aries, with the Mission belonging to the core of our most fundamental identity. All. We proclaim gratefully the greatness of the Lord. Leader. The Spirit gave us a charism that conforms us to Jesus and makes us similar to the apostles, in a communion of life, totally dedicated to the Father and to the Kingdom. All. We proclaim gratefully the greatness of the Lord. Leader. The Spirit gave our Congregation of Missionaries as a gift to the Church and to the world. All. We proclaim gratefully the greatness of the Lord.

Reading Reader. The Church of the Second Vatican Council has empha- sized the Trinitarian understanding of Mission and consid- ers herself a collaborator in God’s Mission. In the last years, we have felt challenged by the Apostolic Exhortation Evan-

* Prayer celebrations with texts taken from the Declaration of the XXV General Chapter of the Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretian Missionaries), held in Rome from August 24 to September 16, 2015 (cf. Annales Congre- gationis, vol. 72-II, 2015).

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gelii Gaudium, fruit of the 2012 Synod of Bishops on new evangelization for the transmission of the Christian faith.

Response

Leader. The mission is not just a part or an additional dimen- sion of our life. It is neither an adornment nor something we can do without. All. Jesus, you chose us as your disciples to bring light, to bless, to enliven, to raise up, to heal and to free. Like Claret, we have been anointed to announce the Good News to the poor. We exist to carry out the Mission in the midst of the People of God.

Leader. Lord, let us realize that Mission is much more than the ministries we exercise. All. It is the nucleus of our vocation which marks our spiritual- ity, guides our entire formative process, determines our style of community life, animation and governance and the organization of our economy. We express this through our presence and in the services that we seek to adapt to the times, places and cultures.

Conclusion

Leader. Lord, like the Church, we have meaning only in rela- tion to Mission. All. Father God, may we seek and ensure to make you known, loved, served and praised by all and that your Kingdom, your plan of love for humanity and Creation, is fully realized. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. God, our Father, we bless and thank you for our voca- tion. You have gathered us around this table as a commu- nity of missionaries. May the food we will share strengthen the core of our missionary calling to bring light, to bless,

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to enliven, to raise up, to heal and to free. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 2 Introduction Part 2 (MS 3-4)

Introduction

Leader. We are missionaries! Our participation in the Mission is the Gift of the Spirit, which springs from his action in us, especially through the Eucharist and the Word of God. All. Impel us, O Lord, to maintain an attitude of constant listen- ing and discernment. Leader. We seek in our daily life and in the evolution of the world the signs of the presence of the Kingdom. All. Impel us, O Lord, to maintain an attitude of constant listen- ing and discernment. Leader. We have received the immense gift of a missionary com- munity, impelling us to live in profound communion and to care for our fraternity as our first missionary testimony. All. Impel us, O Lord, to maintain an attitude of constant listen- ing and discernment.

Reading

Reader. The Gift of the Spirit makes us “communities in mission.” Thus, each activity, task and ministry is to be accomplished in such a way that we all live it as our own, and each one carries it out in the name of the community, with the knowl- edge and conviction of being sent by the community. It has a privileged expression in the quality of our lives, which are called to give witness to the absolute primacy of God and his Kingdom, the divine option for the poor, the weak, the impoverished and the sacred value of human rights, of creation and of all life.

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Response

Leader. The Gift of the Spirit announces explicitly Jesus Christ and his Kingdom in a spirit of dialogue All. Inviting us to be ready and prepared to go to the existential, geographical, social and cultural frontiers of evangelization and to contemplate reality from there. Leader. The Gift of the Spirit unites us with other disciples, also called to participate in the Mission All. With the universal Church and the local churches, and with millions of men and women of good will committed to transform the world according to God’s plan.

Conclusion Leader. Lord, as we live our charism, may we be totally of you and live completely committed to your Kingdom. All. Make us like Jesus, your Son, consecrated and sent. May we follow the example of Mary, the first disciple and mother of disciples, that our practice of the evangelical counsels have an indispensable missionary dimension. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Our Father in heaven, bless this food we are about to partake. May this meal bind our fraternity ever more closely that our community be our first missionary word as we proclaim your primacy and that of your Kingdom. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 3 The Cry of Mother Earth (MS 5-8)

Introduction Leader. We live in an era of interconnections. Much more than in other moments of history, humanity is aware of the existing

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relationship between the diverse dimensions of reality and life, the common destiny of all peoples. All. The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it. Leader. Our God, with his mysterious presence, speaks to us and challenges us through creation, humanity, and his Church. All. The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it. Leader. The Risen Lord has been given all power. He is with us until the end of time. His Spirit, Lord and Giver of life, challenges us with inexpressible groaning. All. The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.

Reading

Reader. Within the Church, we are already very conscious of what is happening to our “mother earth”: loss of biodiver- sity, deterioration of the quality of life, social degradation and global inequality. We are one human family. But, while many live under the laws of consumerism, there are billions of people who are excluded and whose interests do not seem to count. Numerous cultures and ethnic groups are under threat of disintegration and disappearing. The groan- ing of sister earth and the cry of those abandoned demand that humanity takes a different course. It is urgent to “bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development” capable of opposing the unsustain- able exploitation fueled by the inordinate desire to possess and by a radically unjust economic system.

Response Leader. The Church, the people of God, hears the challenges, discerns them and presents them to us. As a missionary community we feel challenged by the cry of mother earth. All. May we initiate a process of “ecological conversion” which should redefine our mission and lifestyles. Leader. We need to learn how to translate in our personal and

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community lives the Church’s call to combat the logic of vio- lence, excessive consumerism, exploitation and selfishness. All. We have to learn how to cultivate attitudes of the heart that enable us to live with sobriety and simplicity, with deep joy and without being obsessed with consumerism.

Conclusion

Leader. The Church appeals to all peoples of good will to be aware of the gravity of these challenges and to promote a truly integral ecology in which all creatures receive the respect, protection and care they deserve, while the hu- man being occupies a position consistent with the infinite dignity given by God. All. God, you called us to look after the Earth and to care for one another so that the whole of your project can be in- tegrally accomplished in each person from conception to death. You do not only want your children to survive, rather that they may have life to the full and as true brothers and sisters, enjoying what has been given to all. The passion for life belongs to the core of our missionary vocation. Let our contribution ensure that humanity not disappoint your expectations! Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Praised be to you, Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produced the food we will share in this meal to nourish ourselves. Praised be to you, Lord, through Sister Water, who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste, and who quenches our thirst. May our sharing in your grace be an expression of our solidarity with your creation. All. Amen.

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Prayer Celebration 4 The Clamor of the Poor and for Justice (MS 9-10)

Introduction Leader. The cry of the poor and of those in need is heard in diverse ways in our world. All. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Leader. We are challenged by the situations of inequality and injustice that are causing an ever wider gap between the rich and the poor All. The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Leader. The growing number of those excluded and neglected immigrants, displaced, refugees, homeless, peoples under threat, maltreated women, children, elderly and aban- doned sick people, and the many who resort to violence at times in the name of creeds and religions. All. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Reading

Reader. Millions of innocent people suffer without reason; the so-called natural catastrophes affect in a special way thou- sands of families who have not been protected by others nor by us. Power and money have displaced God and the neighbor from the center of so many hearts.

Response

Leader. The Church, the people of God, hears the challenges, discerns them and presents them to us. As a missionary community we feel challenged by the clamor of the poor and for justice. All. We ask ourselves to what extent have we also participated in this self-centered culture of instant gratification that is destroying the world. Leader. We feel called to denounce the idolatry of money and of the market.

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All. We are called to promote the social inclusion of the poor, dialogue, peace, justice, and the defense of the integrity of creation.

Conclusion Leader. In union with God, we want to hear this cry and respond to it with all our strength. All. O Holy Spirit, let us cooperate with your liberating action, as we identify ourselves with Christ who became poor and was always close to the poor and excluded. Let us not just promote small gestures to particular persons, but commit ourselves, with charity and compassion, to the establish- ment of the Kingdom, to bringing it to all dimensions of existence, all individuals, all areas of community life, and to all peoples. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Father God, you created us and sustain us, your children. You give us food to make us strong and share in your work of creation. May we share this meal in solidarity with the poor, who have nothing but their trust in your providence. May this nourishment strengthen our commitment to justice. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 5 The Dream for Peace and Reconciliation (MS 11-13)

Introduction Leader. In the last decades, humanity has shown a deep longing for unity. The awareness of forming one family is growing and is strongly manifested in the younger generations. All. Grant us, Lord, your gift of heartfelt compassion. Leader. The search for the difficult balance between unity and

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diversity provokes many social tensions which often result in jeopardizing peace. Violence affects and punishes many peoples of the earth. All. Grant us, Lord, your gift of heartfelt compassion. Leader. Millions of people live under harassment and in fear; they feel forced to leave their homes and see their most fundamental rights threatened; thousands of Christians suffer persecution because of their faith. All. Grant us, Lord, your gift of heartfelt compassion.

Reading

Reader. There are many people and groups who work for peace through patient and persistent dialogue, the quest for reconciliation, the building of a harmonious social life and respect for all. Hope is also making its way in the world! Individuals, groups, movements, organizations, communities and entire peoples are working for peace. Families and educational institutions play an essential role in this process, as do those who commit themselves with courage to the policies that promote integral develop - ment, the common good, transparency, integrity, service to others and the struggle against corruption.

Response Leader. The Church, the people of God, hears the challenges, discerns them and presents them to us. As a missionary community we feel challenged by the dream for peace and reconciliation. All. The Church wants to be a sacrament in the world of shalom:

catholic, meaning open to all, to the other, without hurting or eliminating them, until one day we shall all become a “Kingdom and People of God.” Leader. We are called to be a sign of compassion. All. We are called to conform our lives and mission to a pro-

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phetic dialogue that is inter-confessional, inter-religious, political.

Conclusion

Leader. O Lord, you give us the gift of heartfelt compassion All. That we may favor what unites, reconciles and brings peace, tears down walls that separate, supports those who work for peace and reconciliation, no matter what creed they profess or outlook they may have. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. God, Source of all unity and peace, you bless the earth with your goodness from which we receive the gifts we are about to partake in this meal. May this blessing of food and drink make us like them: grains of rice cooked together as food, grains of wheat crushed into flour kneaded together as bread, and drops of water combined to quench our thirst. Unite us all in your love through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 6 The Meaning of Life and Its Care (MS 14-16)

Introduction

Leader. In many of its dimensions, today’s reality is made up of contradictory tendencies, of the battle between cultures that care for life and cultures that promote death. All. Lord, make us messengers of the joy and mercy of the Gospel. Leader. On one side, the appreciation for life is growing. We human beings are happy when we are able to establish among ourselves relationships of love and care, boosted by the interactions facilitated by social media. All. Lord, make us messengers of the joy and mercy of the Gospel.

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Leader. But at the same time, millions of people experience loneliness and abandonment, harmful addictions, fragil- ity, sickness, depression and the weight of unresolved guilt. Many of our contemporaries experience “an infinite sadness.” All. Lord, make us messengers of the joy and mercy of the Gospel.

Reading

Reader. In many regions of the world, where for centuries faith guided the search for the meaning of life, God has lost significance and importance for many. Together with millions of people of good will, there are those who have made the satisfaction of their interests and pleasures the fundamental meaning of their lives.

Response

Leader. The Church, the people of God, hears the challenges, discerns them and presents them to us. As a missionary community we feel challenged by the meaning of life and its care. All. In many societies some fundamental values of family, the common good, care for the weak have deteriorated and undergone a serious relativization. The fragmentation of life and its rapid rhythm impede serenity, thoroughness and the formation of life principles. Leader. Children, teenagers and youth, who are particularly vulnerable, grow without orientation, often deprived of the happiness that God wants for them and the means of discovering it; their problems and needs and those of their families challenge us in a special way. All. Today, the Church invites us to be messengers of the joy and mercy of the Gospel, to break down barriers of indif- ference and to accompany and open our hearts without

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fear to those living in the outmost fringes of society.

Conclusion Leader. O God, you call us to discover and bring forth the gifts of the Spirit. All. Let us share the joy and blessedness of the Gospel, to put into practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy and to express our heartfelt compassion in our encounter with each person and our concern for the vulnerable. Make us, personally and as community, credible witnesses of hope in you who never want to hide yourself; may we “live in mercy” and promote the joyful proclamation of forgiveness and the revolutionary nature of love and tenderness. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. God of life, you provide food and drink on our table to nourish and sustain us. May this gift of physical nourish- ment give us the strength to nurture and care for life in all its forms. May we discover the true meaning of life in you. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 7 The New Digital and Technological Continent (MS

17-18)

Introduction Leader. Technology has radically transformed the world of com- munications to the extent that we can now speak of a new digital continent populated by millions of internet users. All. Wisdom of God, make these media become sources of new cultural progress for humanity to promote our deepest riches. Leader. The possibilities of access to information and the

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instantaneous exchange of messages increase day by day. All. Wisdom of God, make these media become sources of new cultural progress for humanity to promote our deepest riches. Leader. The world is becoming more and more a global village although many peoples and individuals remain unjustly disconnected. Ways of manipulation and control are also multiplied. All. Wisdom of God, make these media become sources of new cultural progress for humanity to promote our deepest riches.

Reading Reader. The Church invites us to be present in this “new con- tinent” and also warns us of its illusions and traps. What a revolution Claret would have encouraged if he had the possibilities offered today by these new technologies!

Response

Leader. The Church, the people of God, hears the challenges, discerns them and presents them to us. As a missionary community we feel challenged by the digital and techno- logical continent. All. As servants of the Word, we feel called to search for the signs of God in the digital world.

Conclusion

Leader. Heavenly Father, you invite us to make you present in all the dimensions our life. All. As Servants of the Word, may we be present in the world’s new digital continent to share our experience of the Gospel in new communication codes and to combat the viruses of manipulation, superficiality and depersonaliza- tion. Amen.

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When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Holy Trinity, One God, you model for us in your divine communion how we should communicate and interact with our sisters and brothers. Bless this table of our fellow- ship; bless the food we are about to receive, so that as we share in your blessing, we may also share with one another our person. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 8 A Church Going Forth (MS 19-20)

Introduction

Leader. The Church has proposed to serve the Kingdom as a “Church going forth” towards the human peripheries. All. Call us to go forth to reach all the peripheries in need of the light of the Gospel. Leader. Accompanying the life of the poor, inserting herself into their lives and trying to understand the soul of each person, recognizing in them the signs of the presence of God. All. Call us to go forth to reach all the peripheries in need of the light of the Gospel. Leader. Creating bridges and opportunities of encounter between the Gospel and all cultures.

All. Call us to go forth to reach all the peripheries in need of the light of the Gospel.

Reading

Reader. The word of God constantly shows us how God chal- lenges those who believe in him “to go forth.” In our day Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples” echoes in the changing scenarios and ever new challenges to the Church’s mission of evangelization, and all of us are called to take part in this new missionary “going forth.” Each Chris-

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tian and every community must discern the path that the Lord points out, but all of us are asked to obey his call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the “peripheries” in need of the light of the Gospel. (EG 20)

Response

Leader. The Church, the people of God, hears the challenges, discerns them and presents them to us. As a missionary community we feel challenged to be a Church going forth. All. In gratitude to the magisterium of the successors of Peter, we perceive in the words of Pope Francis a deep and fresh missionary dimension very much in line with the spirit that

animated Claret.

Conclusion

Leader. God, you are a God who goes out to your people. All. Move us as well to leave our comfort zones and excessive concern about ourselves to promote the disposition of the Church, “permanently in a state of mission,” to boost in her our “missionary outreach” according to our evangelizing charism, to overcome any sort of worldliness or spiritual sloth and to grow in missionary availability, inculturation, incarnation and openness to the universal mission of the Church and of the Congregation. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Father, you give us this moment of rest to refresh and fortify our bodies. May the meal we will share with one another give us the strength and the courage not to seek our personal comfort and security, but to move on and go forth to bring the light of the Gospel to others. We ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son, our Lord forever and ever. All. Amen.

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Prayer Celebration 9 Among the People with Many Faces and Charisms (MS 21-22)

Introduction Leader. We are increasingly aware that announcing the Gospel is a task of the whole people of God:

All. Jesus, break through the dullness of our life and amaze us with your divine creativity. Leader. People with many faces, various charisms, ways of life and ministries in which all of us are disciple-missionaries. All. Jesus, break through the dullness of our life and amaze us with your divine creativity. Leader. People who seek the transformation of the world ac- cording to God’s plan. All. Jesus, break through the dullness of our life and amaze us with your divine creativity.

Reading

Reader. “By his coming, Christ brought with him all newness.” With this newness he is always able to renew our lives and our communities. Jesus can also break through the dull categories with which we would enclose him and he constantly amazes us by his divine creativity. Whenever we make the effort to return to the source and to recover the original freshness of the Gospel, new avenues arise, new paths of creativity open up, with different forms of expres- sion, more eloquent signs and words with new meaning for today’s world. Every form of authentic evangelization is always “new.” (EG 11)

Response Leader. The Church, the people of God, hears the challenges, discerns them and presents them to us. As a missionary

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community we feel challenged by being among the people with many faces and charisms. All. Our Congregation fulfills its proper mission by raising up and strengthening communities of believers, either by leading people to conversion to God through faith or by renewing their life in Christ and leading them to perfection in it. (CC 47)

Conclusion

Leader. God, you gifted us with our missionary vocation. All. You call us to be active agents of an ecclesiology of commu- nion-mission in which every man and woman participate and nobody is excluded. You invite us to collaborate in the creation and consolidation of Christian communities, full of the life and joy of the Gospel. May Claret’s call to think and do with others echo in us in a special way. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Father, this blessing of food which we are to partake comes to us because of the many women and men, who had their share of work in feeding your people: farmers, fishers, livestock growers, wholesalers, market vendors, cooks. So many hands and faces, but sharing in the one same task. Bless them all as you bless us and all this food through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 10 Seduction by the Spirit (MS 23-24)

Introduction

Leader. Our time is characterized simultaneously by the anxi- ety and search for a non-dualistic, integrating spirituality, by the enticement of many idolatries and the spread of unbelief.

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All. Send us as evangelizers with Spirit, burning with the fire of your love. Leader. All this constitutes new challenges for evangelization. That is why the Church wants evangelizers who pray and work, are socially committed as missionaries, and breathe with the lungs of prayer and intercession. All. Send us as evangelizers with Spirit, burning with the fire of your love. Leader. Their life in the Spirit is expressed into anti-idolatry attitudes, and through contemplation, adoration, poverty, humility, simplicity, authenticity and honesty. All. Send us as evangelizers with Spirit, burning with the fire of your love.

Reading

Reader. Whenever we say that something is “spirited,” it usu- ally refers to some interior impulse which encourages, motivates, nourishes and gives meaning to our individual and communal activity. Spirit-filled evangelization is not the same as a set of tasks dutifully carried out despite one’s own personal inclinations and wishes. How I long to find the right words to stir up enthusiasm for a new chapter of evangelization full of fervor, joy, generosity, courage, boundless love and attraction! Yet I realize that no words of encouragement will be enough unless the fire of the Holy Spirit burns in our hearts. A spirit-filled evangelization is one guided by the Holy Spirit, for he is the soul of the Church called to proclaim the Gospel. (EG 61)

Response Leader. The Church, the people of God, hears the challenges, discerns them and presents them to us. As a missionary community we feel challenged by the seduction by the Spirit.

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All. We need the ability to cultivate an interior space which can give a Christian meaning to commitment and activity. We need prolonged moments of adoration, of prayerful encounter with the word, of sincere conversation with the Lord.

Conclusion

Leader. Lord, you lead us to a deep serious personal and com- munal spiritual journey. All. May the Spirit always be our guide and inspiration, in which an authentic spiritual discernment will guide and accom- pany each of our steps. Aware of our limitations and sins,

may we as consecrated people respond to the invitation of the Church to be joyful witnesses of the absolute primacy of you and your Kingdom. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Lord God, you breathed your Spirit and called us into life, and you constantly sustain our life with your abiding presence. Bless this food we are about to receive to give us vigor and strength not only to our bodies but to our spirit as well. Make us spirited evangelizers full of fervor, joy, generosity, and boundless love. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 11 The Grace of Being a Missionary Community (MS

25-27)

Introduction Leader. What a joy to see the foundation and consolidation of the Congregation in many parts of the world, the lives of so many sick and elderly whose lives have been spent in service and fidelity, the intense fraternal communion of our

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martyrs, the silent, generous and enthusiastic dedication of many of our brothers of all ages! All. How good and how pleasant it is when brothers dwell together as one! Leader. On the contrary, how sad it is to discover that we are not always faithful to the gifts of the Lord! All. How good and how pleasant it is when brothers dwell together as one! Leader. The community of the disciple-missionaries with Jesus and from Jesus, the principal mediation of mission, helps us to move from the pre-eminence of the I to the primacy of the We and makes us witnesses and messengers of the Kingdom. All. How good and how pleasant it is when brothers dwell together as one!

Reading Reader. Called to have “one heart and one mind,” and “to share all in common,” far from asking each one to abandon who he is, the Gospel invites us to open up ourselves to that sharing for which we have been created: our being as community strengthens, enriches and deepens our personal self. I am because We are. The missionary com- munity, a precious gift, nourished fully in the Eucharist, is a privileged place that strengthens and facilitates our personal fulfilment. In this world of sadness and dissat- isfaction, the missionary vocation full of joy, facilitates a priceless true happiness.

Response

Leader. The Church, the people of God, hears the challenges, discerns them and presents them to us. As a missionary community we feel challenged by the grace of being a missionary community.

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All. We are called to promote the beauty of the community and to reactivate our fraternal covenant, so as to avoid indifference, the existence of persons who live without consideration of others and separated from them, groups without community living, and apostolic individualism.

Conclusion

Leader. Lord, you called us to and gifted us with our mission- ary community as Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. All. Teach us to cultivate the art of listening within and outside the community, concern for the other, spiritual sharing, fraternal relationships, and transparency in the sharing of

goods. Send us your Spirit to help us always to make our fraternal life a transparent and joyful proclamation of the Kingdom! Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. God, bless this table and our community gathered around you. May the food you give us as nourishment nourish us to value and nurture our missionary commu- nity, sharing with one another our life in fraternity and friendship, even as we share this meal. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 12 Fidelity to Our Claretian Missionary Vocation (MS

Introduction

28-31)

Leader. With the beatifications of our brothers, we have con- templated with great joy the love, appreciation and fidelity to the vocation shown by so many Claretian Missionaries of all times and places.

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All. May we live more joyfully and deeply our missionary voca- tion and our sense of belonging to the Congregation with new vigor. Leader. We are impressed and filled with joy also to discover the faithful and simple steadfastness with which thousands of people with whom we share the faith have preserved the gifts of God amid difficulties. All. May we live more joyfully and deeply our missionary voca- tion and our sense of belonging to the Congregation with new vigor. Leader. We observe with joy that the collaboration among organisms and the sharing of goods have instilled in us a deeper sense of belonging to the Congregation. All. May we live more joyfully and deeply our missionary voca- tion and our sense of belonging to the Congregation with new vigor.

Reading

Reader. Accepting the insistence of the Church, we feel invited, personally and as a community, to cultivate a creative fidelity, able to consolidate and deepen our mis- sionary identity, reinterpret the charism in new settings and lead us to live it more joyfully. We note with concern the observation already made by the General Chapter of 2009, “we are not as close to the youth, or as disposed to accompany them as we would like to believe,” and we repeat its proposal that each and every one of us be more involved in inviting them to be servants for the Kingdom and ministers of the Word.

Response

Leader. The Church, the people of God, hears the challenges, discerns them and presents them to us. As a missionary community we feel challenged to fidelity to our Claretian

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missionary vocation. All. We need to promote among ourselves a culture of fidelity to our vocation, to be increasingly aware of our duty to mutu- ally care for each other respectfully, but also courageously, and to welcome the Church’s call to credibility.

Conclusion

Leader. Lord, we thank you for our Claretian missionary voca- tion. All. We are also grateful for the effort of many of our brothers who have made and are making to improve formation in the Congregation. Help us to intensify the real transforming

capacity of the formative process. May our true concern for initial formation show in the seriousness of our dedication to our own ongoing formation as disciple-missionary, a formation that can never be considered completed until we are all finally united with you in heaven. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. O Lord, bless us, we whom you gifted with the Claretian missionary vocation, and these your gifts which we are about to receive that we may remain faithful to your call and be always open to your Spirit, who constantly forms us according to your will. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 13 Challenges from God in Our Time (MS 32-33)

Introduction Leader. The Church is convinced that today the Spirit is asking of us a “pastoral and missionary conversion that cannot leave things as they presently are,” capable of transform- ing everything into a suitable channel of evangelization.

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All. She warns us about the temptations that lie in wait for evangelizers. Leader. Her challenge and all those we have noted here present us with serious questions. Reader A. How can we today be witnesses and messengers of the joy of the Gospel in each one of our places? Reader B. How can we encourage a new phase of evangeliza- tion that is more open to the Spirit, full of fervor, joy, gen- erosity, courage, boundless love, and attraction? Reader C. How can we collaborate with the Spirit to find new ways, languages, creative methods and more eloquent symbols of the Kingdom?

Response Leader. The Church, the people of God, hears the challenges, discerns them and presents them to us. As a missionary community we feel challenged by All. The cry of mother earth, the clamor of the poor and for justice, the dream for peace and reconciliation, the mean- ing of life and its care, the new digital and technological continent, a Church going forth, among the people with many faces and charisms, seduction by the Spirit, the grace of being a missionary community, and the fidelity to the Claretian missionary vocation. Leader. There are many questions and challenges before us. All. But we are not overwhelmed by them.

Conclusion

Leader. O Jesus, we know that you walk with us. All. You speak to us and seek with us the glory of the Father, that the human person might live, that the poor might live, that nature might live. United with you, trusting in your Spirit, resting in the arms of the Father amid creative and generous surrender, let your Spirit lead us wherever he wills

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and make us in his own time “mysteriously fruitful.” Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. O Father God, you give us the fruits of the earth that we may live and serve your glory. Bless us and our community, and all those who respond to the challenges you present to them. Bless this table that we may be strengthened by your gift of nourishment for our pastoral and missionary conversion. We ask you this through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 14 Charismatic Traits in Mission (MS 34-38)

Introduction

Leader. Our Congregation, present on the five continents, desires to hear the challenges of our God who continues to lovingly knock on our door. All. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you. Leader. As heirs of the charism of St. Anthony Mary Claret, we ask: To keep the inheritance we have received alive and fruitful, what is the Spirit asking of us at this moment in the history of humanity? All. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you. Leader. We gratefully recognize that the Lord has blessed us generously. While sin has continued to manifest itself among us, the signs of God’s grace have been and are much greater. All. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you.

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Reader. In 1979, recalling the 1967 special Chapter, the Con- gregation enumerated the following “identifying traits of every Claretian: a profound experience of God as Father:

a living of our divine sonship; conformity with Christ who was anointed and sent to save humankind; a deep sense of Marian sonship; a strict evangelical life following the poor, chaste, and obedient Christ; community life in the style of the apostles; a fervent expression of the love which unites us with God and apostolic zeal for the salvation of humankind; a faith-filled, prayerful and loving ministry of the Word listened to and assimilated.”

Response

Leader. United with Mary we wish to add to her Magnificat, for the Lord has done great things for us. All. The Spirit of Claret is alive and every day more inspiring. Leader. The Word of God occupies a place ever more central to our mission and spirituality. All. He has facilitated the growth of the Congregation and has enriched it with missionaries from many places. Leader. He sustains our fraternity and helps us to leave behind jealousies and prejudices and to strengthen our commu- nion within the Congregation. All. He has strengthened our awareness of ecclesial commu- nion and has granted us a better understanding of the gift of Mission. Leader. He has made us capable of responding to the needs of many people, especially the poor, and the new faces of poverty. All. He has motivated us with the testimony of our martyrs and the ecclesial recognition of their testimony. Leader. He graces us with the dedication of many Claretians:

missionaries in formation, brothers, deacons and pres- byters.

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All. He has facilitated the increase of collaboration and the sharing of goods and resources among us.

Conclusion

Leader. O Virgin and Mother of God, through your interven- tion, our Congregation was founded. We honor you as our Patroness. All. Let us accompany you in love and trust, and commit our- selves to you that we may be conformed to the mystery of Christ and may cooperate with you in your maternal role in our apostolic mission as sons of your Immaculate Heart. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Father, you called us to be sons of the Heart of Mary. Bless the food we are about to receive that we may live our sonship in conformity to Jesus, your first-born Son, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 15 Missionaries “with Spirit” (MS 39-41)

Introduction Leader. We have been graced with a particular spirituality, inherited from St. Anthony Mary Claret and from our rich tradition. All. Rejoice! Do not be afraid! The Holy Spirit will come upon you! Leader. As Sons of the Heart of Mary, we are called to be men open to the Spirit, led by him and always docile to his mo- tions, men on fire with love. All. Rejoice! Do not be afraid! The Holy Spirit will come upon you! Leader. The Church of our time strengthens this trait when she

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talks of “evangelizers with Spirit,” who are aflame with the fire of the Spirit and of mission. All. Rejoice! Do not be afraid! The Holy Spirit will come upon you!

Reading Reader. Our path of spirituality in mission opens in each one of us and in every community processes of listening to the Master, of a progressive identification with his style of life that is obedient, celibate and poor; and increases our testimony to great missionaries at all times and places, even against the tide, and our proclamation of the Gospel with boldness. Without a strong spirituality and constancy in prayer we will not be credible, able to communicate the Gospel nor become mystics in the mission.

Response

Leader. Docility to the Spirit enables the flourishing of charac- teristic virtues of our missionary charism in us:

All. Boldness and creativity, heartfelt compassion, joy, close - ness, humility and meekness. In the face of decreasing numbers and works, persecution and death, we glory in the cross of Christ. Leader. We aim to live as disciples All. Sensitive to the signs of the Spirit in compassionate and attentive contact with persons, and capable of receiving the gift of God in history and of interpreting events from the perspective of faith and our charism. Leader. We want to nurture our spirituality All. As Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary formed in the forge of her Heart.

Conclusion Leader. O God, send us your Spirit. All. May we collaborate with your Spirit to acquire an attitude

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of missionary outreach for the transformation of realities. May we seek out in our missionary discernment those ac- tivities that are most urgent, opportune and effective. Let your Spirit generate is us that joy to overcome pessimism, spiritual sloth, worldliness and our own weaknesses, so that, in turn, we may give witness to that joy. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Father God, you sent your Spirit and everything was created. You continue to sustain us with that same Spirit. Bless us whom you have gathered in the Spirit. Bless our community meal that we may all be nurtured and strength- ened as spirit-filled missionaries. We ask you this through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 16 Listeners and Servants of the Word of God (MS 42-

45)

Introduction Leader. Our charismatic heritage defines us as “listeners and servants of the Word.” All. Let it be done to me according to your word. Leader. We are in the Church and in society an echo of Claret, passionate minister of the Gospel in season and out of season, using all means at his disposal. All. Let it be done to me according to your word. Leader. We, like Mary, as Sons of her Heart, want to welcome and meditate upon the Word in our hearts and to proclaim it with passion. All. Let it be done to me according to your word.

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Reader. The Church of today has helped us to understand in a new way that our God is speaking to us in order to establish a permanent dialogue of life, the dialogue of the Covenant. The Father who speaks in various ways and manners—in creation, in the history of human salvation, in the Scriptures—speaks in a definitive way in his Son Jesus, the incarnate Word, and in the Sacraments of his pres- ence. With Mother Church we can speak of a “symphony of the Word.” God our Father expects from us a free and committed response to his Word. Listening to the Word generates in us habits of silence, adoration, contemplation and discernment.

Response

Leader. The Spirit helps us understand the depth of God as we become aware of God’s love for his people, and the revela- tion of the mysteries of the Kingdom to the humble, the poor and excluded. All. The ministry of the Word belongs to the core of our char- ismatic experience; it is a link between mission and life. Leader. We aim to promote vocational and pastoral listening to the Word All. That makes the Bible, especially throughout the liturgical year, the guide of God’s journey with us and of our own journey with God.

Leader. We will read, understand and welcome the Word under the action of the Spirit All. And find out how through the Word, the person of Jesus Christ, speaks to us, addresses us, helps us to understand the signs of the times and shows us the Mission.

Conclusion Leader. O God, may we listen to you in the events of the lives of the poor and those who suffer violence and injustice.

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May we encourage listening to the Word and proclaim the Word, using the most appropriate and discerned means. All. Make us messengers, witnesses and interpreters of the Word, listening to you who speak through the various religious traditions and cultures, and speaking about you using languages appropriate to the different cultures. Make us prophets who announce your Word and witnesses of what we preach with our life in all aspects. Make us men of dialogue, able to recognize significant signs for others to believe the Gospel message. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Bless us, O Lord, and the grace of our community meal that through the food that gives us bodily nourishment, we may realize that we do not live on food alone but from every Word that comes from your mouth. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 17 Missionaries in Community (MS 46-48)

Introduction Leader. From the beginning we have lived in community, in the style of the apostles with Jesus and the first community, which had one heart and one mind and had everything in common. All. May our communities be a parable of communion, an eschatological sign, an evangelizing word in today’s world. Leader. In the community we are sons of God the Father and sent by him, and brothers among ourselves. Like the beloved disciple, we welcome Mary into our home as our Mother. All. May our communities be a parable of communion, an

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eschatological sign, an evangelizing word in today’s world. Leader. To live as a missionary community is a gift of the Holy Spirit, which we must welcome and care for by loving one another; it is he who shapes our fellowship and forms us into disciple-missionaries among the people of God. All. May our communities be a parable of communion, an eschatological sign, an evangelizing word in today’s world.

Reading Reader. As witnesses and messengers of the joy of the Gospel in apostolic community, we strive to have a common vision in addressing the human peripheries that challenge us in every place to have an attitude of missionary outreach. With the attitude of a true discernment community we convert our vision into a mission project.

Response

Leader. Within our missionary project, we integrate the min- istries and services of each and every member, according to our gifts, charisms and particular situation. All. Thus grows within us an awareness that we are one body with different members in mission, and individualism is avoided. Leader. We aim to shape our communities to be an eschatologi- cal sign of unity, peace and reconciliation. All. We build among ourselves a missionary community in a spirit of dialogue, acceptance and mutual appreciation, discerning together its ministries and services.

Conclusion

Leader. God, you called us to be missionaries in community. All. Reinforce in us our sense of belonging and community co- responsibility in our inter-generational and inter-cultural communities that we may value and accept as indispens- able the ministry of intercessory prayer and suffering of

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our elderly, sick and impaired brothers, even as we also learn to appreciate and integrate the creative energies of the younger generation. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Heavenly Father, your Holy Spirit gifted us to live as a missionary community. Bless this meal which gathers us as one community around this table to give us renewed vigor and strength. May this also fortify the bond of unity of our fraternity. We ask you this through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 18 Sent to Evangelize Listening to the Poor (MS 49-52)

Introduction Leader. Our Father Founder understood his vocation using the scene of the synagogue of Nazareth in which he identified himself with Jesus as anointed to evangelize the poor. All. He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly. Leader. In its process of return to the Gospel and adaptation to the times, our Congregation has deepened its call to evan- gelize the poor and to let itself be evangelized by them. All. He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly. Leader. Today, it listens even more intensely to the Church’s call to strengthen ever more with boldness and creativity the option for the poor and displaced. All. He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly.

Reading Reader. One cannot be Claretian if he acts as if the poor did not exist. Nor can he be Claretian without denouncing unfair structures, fighting against the system that subjugates the poor and proposing alternatives. The poor are “the privi-

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leged recipients of the Gospel.” Through them, as in Mary, the Gospel speaks and challenges us with a new voice.

Response

Leader. Our option for the poor is made credible through a poor and simple lifestyle and through the sharing of goods among ourselves and with those most in need. All. We also need to manage our goods without greed, trust- ing in the Providence of God the Father and excluding any collaboration with the god of unjust riches, just as Jesus taught us. Evangelical poverty, chosen and professed, is our blessing. Leader. It upsets and moves us to see that at this time of so much scientific and technological progress, there is a major- ity of people who live precariously day by day; that having so many resources, an exclusion economy, a “throw-away” culture still predominates; that indifference is globalized. All. As evangelizers, we want to be “instruments of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor,” to be deeply touched by the suffering of others, to become a Congregation which is poor and for the poor, and that lets itself be evangelized by them and evangelizes with them.

Conclusion

Leader. Lord, you yourself became poor when you chose to be born as one of us. All. Grant us the grace to welcome, listen to, accompany and care for the most vulnerable of the earth. May we open ourselves to new experiences of the Spirit, who makes us go out toward the peripheries of poverty, exclusion and the “throw away” culture, who graces us with the gift of mercy and compassion, who grants us an alternative prophetic vision from the peripheries, and who leads us to promote ethical cultures of cooperation and solidarity.

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Let us give a real testimony of both personal and com- munity poverty and simplicity, and to share our goods for the promotion of the poor, and join in with the poor as agents of evangelization and advocates of the unique mission of the Spirit. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Bless this food, O Lord, set before us as the gift of your providence. May we be in solidarity with those who at this moment suffer hunger and want. Bless them too that they may find hope and solace in you. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 19 With the Whole Church and Those Seeking the Transformation of the World (MS 53-57)

Introduction

Leader. Our Father Founder taught us that the evangelizing mission is an enormous work of transformation of the world that has to be carried forward “by all” in favor of all and to bring real happiness to our neighbors. All. May we be of one mind and heart, and be filled with the Spirit. Leader. At Pentecost, the Spirit is poured out on the whole Christian assembly, on “young and old,” “sons and daugh- ters,” and “on all flesh.” Mary, our Mother, was there, as witness and messenger of the total mystery of Jesus in the community that had one heart and one mind. All. May we be of one mind and heart, and be filled with the Spirit. Leader. For our Congregation the dimension of “evangelizing with others,” multiplying evangelizing leaders, and shared mission is an indispensable charismatic trait that we un-

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derstand and carry out in various ways. All. May we be of one mind and heart, and be filled with the Spirit.

Reading

Reader. We live the charism of Claret in different ways: brothers, students, deacons and priests. Our communities are the first place of mission and shared life. When we see people who feel graced with the charism of Claret and called to share it or called to collaborate with us in our missionary efforts, we see them in the mission as an “extended family.”

Response

Leader. We are members of a Church “in mission” by the work of the Spirit, a Church that is a parable of the communion of various charisms and ministries. All. “In the Church, there is a diversity of ministry, but a one - ness of mission.” This is why we actively involve ourselves in the local churches and collaborate with other institutes of consecrated life and movements in accord with our charismatic identity. Leader. We know that the problems of humanity need a com- monly agreed and shared response. The Spirit pours himself beyond the limits of the Church, when and how he wants. All. This is why we want to collaborate closely with all people, Christians or not, who act in ways that are compatible with the values of the Kingdom; we join them in their initiatives and actions.

Conclusion Leader. O God, you called us to shared mission as our way of being and doing. All. Teach us the best ways of sharing our evangelizing and missionary charism with those who, from different forms of life, have been graced with it and form with us the Clar-

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etian family. May we promote in accord with our charism a Church of participation and communion: to share in the mission and life of each particular church; to help form Christian communities that receive and take care of all their members; to be open to share missionary services and community life with people of other institutes or forms of life; and to collaborate in networks, shared mission and projects of others. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. You bless us, O God, not just with food but with different dishes, tastes and flavors. May this meal of different dishes lead us on to live and work in a Church of different faces, culture and ministries—all for your greater glory and the salvation of humankind. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 20 Open to the Whole World in Prophetic Dialogue (MS 58-63)

Introduction Leader. Like Claret, we are convinced that our spirit is for the whole world. All. Lord, make dialogue our style and means of evangelization. Leader. Today we understand the world in a global sense: the other, nature, the cosmos, the virtual world. This world is already inhabited by God. All. Lord, make dialogue our style and means of evangelization. Leader. We need a sensitivity that will help us to discover all that God is already doing in the world. From here springs our dialogue with the sciences, culture, religions. All. Lord, make dialogue our style and means of evangelization.

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Reading

Reader. The Mission means announcing the Gospel, taking into account the previous action of God’s Spirit in the world and thus becomes missio inter gentes, prophetic dialogue. The Church that is born of the missio Dei is shown to be a community that not only gives, but also receives; that does not impose, but persuades; that loves and respects freedom and dignity, which empties itself and is humble to grow with the other. In the dialogue of life questions and the more serious issues of the mission emerge. Thus, we discover how God reveals himself in various contexts and how these prepare us for God’s revelation.

Response

Leader. The Congregation takes as its own this style of being listeners and servants of the Word, giving importance to prophetic dialogue of life as key to our pastoral and mis- sionary activity. All. We now need to enter into a new phase, open and creative dialogue as presence—living more than doing—inter- religious and inter-cultural dialogue which promotes peace and reconciliation; dialogue with creation that leads to ecological conversion. Leader. In this dialogue we live the announcement and the denouncement that is part of prophecy. All. It is a dialogue which we also extend to the new digital con- tinent and to the new generations of youth to evangelize and to be evangelized. We are men on fire with love and “dialogue is the new name of charity.” Leader. When dialogue is difficult All. Prayer, intercession, patience, mercy and humility will reinforce our hope that the Spirit will carry out his work in others and in us.

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Conclusion Leader. O God, we ask you for the grace of prophetic dialogue with others. All. May we make dialogue our style and means of evange - lization that configure our words, work, ministries and lifestyles. Grant us to sincerely be open to new ideas, specially those coming from the young, as we understand their circumstances, cultures and ways of being, and to discern and respond to them; to look for the “mystique of the encounter.” May we become enculturated to overcome prejudices, fears and defenses, encouraging dialogue to promote reconciliation, forgiveness and peace. May we ap- proach initial and ongoing formation from the perspective of prophetic dialogue and creative imagination. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Father, you are in constant dialogue with us and the whole of creation. Bless us and this meal which comes from you that we too may be attentive and open to enter into dialogue with all. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 21 Processes of Transformation (MS 64-65)

Introduction

Leader . We have been granted spiritual and charismatic sensitivity, and fidelity to the traits of being Claretian Missionaries. All. To the one who conquers I will give a place with me on my throne.

Leader. The Lord calls us through the cry of our mother earth, the clamor of the poor, of justice, of the victims of violence, of the denial of God.

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All. To the one who conquers I will give a place with me on my throne. Leader. He knocks and asks us to open the door. All. To the one who conquers I will give a place with me on my throne.

Reading Reader. During the half hour after Mass, I feel that I am totally annulled. I desire nothing but his holy will. I live by Jesus’ own life. In possessing me he possesses nothing, while I possess everything in him. I tell him, “Lord, you are my love. You are my honor, my hope, and my refuge. You are my glory and my goal. My love, my happiness, and my preserver. My delight, my reformer, and my master. My Father, Spouse of my life and soul. (Autobiography 754)

Response

Leader. We resolve to be with Jesus a Congregation “going forth” which receives the call of the Church to the pastoral- missionary and ecological conversion. All. We commit ourselves to form under the guidance of the Spirit communities of witnesses and messengers. The Spirit of our Father and our Mother will speak for us.

Conclusion

Leader. God our Father, grant us the grace to adore you “in spirit and truth.” All. Let us embrace the processes of transformation that the Spirit grants us. May we live in the joy that is born of you, which Mary, our mother, experienced and which is char- acteristic in receiving the Gospel. Let no privations and adversities prevent us from living and proclaiming the beatitudes of Jesus, your Son. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

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Leader. Father God, bless this meal and all those who had a part in bringing this to our table and transforming all the ingredients into life-giving dishes. Transform us, too, that the nutrients our body will receive be for us strength and zeal of the spirit that we may continue knowing you, loving you, and serving you. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 22 A Congregation “Going Forth” Part 1 (MS 66-67)

Introduction

Leader. As in the case of our Father Founder, today, Mary of the Pentecost—heart and fire—makes us restless, impels our path, shakes our fear and inertias, and sends us forth to proclaim the Gospel in new places and peripheries All. Let us walk forward and open up new frontiers of all kinds, including ways of thinking, to seek out new pathways. Leader. That the whole Christ may be born and grow through the troublesome human history. All. Let us walk forward and open up new frontiers of all kinds, including ways of thinking, to seek out new pathways. Leader. That we may be witnesses of compassion and mercy, universal brothers of the world. All. Let us walk forward and open up new frontiers of all kinds, including ways of thinking, to seek out new pathways.

Reading

Reader. Our missionary objective during the next six years will be to walk forward, to open up new frontiers of all kinds, including ways of thinking, to seek out new pathways.

Response Leader. We will encourage a true pastoral conversion within the whole Congregation:

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All. Abandoning what is obsolete, and opting for what are imaginative and innovative models of evangelization that take us to human peripheries and to the new places of prophetic dialogue. Leader. We will include in our evangelization, shared with oth- ers and as an essential dimension, the defense and care of life, family, cultures, peoples and creation. All. We will renew and better coordinate our places of edu- cation and formation, and will look for effective ways of mobilizing, coordinating and animating within the whole Congregation and in the different continents the objectives and actions of the Mission Procure, the Secretariat of JPIC and our presence in NGOs and in the United Nations.

Conclusion Leader. Lord, you called us to be a Church on the move. All. May we contribute to the multiplication of evangelizers for a Church on the move, that is inclusive, participative and co- responsible. May we encourage an opportune and efficient response to urgent needs of evangelization from different places and regions where we are, as well as commitments of welcome and accompaniment of persons and groups im- poverished and excluded, promoting processes of inclusion and social transformation. Send us persons and teams that understand the possibilities and limits of the information and communication technologies and help us form them to evangelize using the communication media. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Bless us, O Lord, and this table of your grace. May our meal and fellowship give us renewed vigor to always be a community that goes forth, a Church on the move, to the peripheries of evangelization. Grant this through Christ, our Lord.

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All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 23 A Congregation “Going Forth” Part 2 (MS 68)

Introduction

Leader. As in the case of our Father Founder, today, Mary of the Pentecost—heart and fire—makes us restless, impels our path, shakes our fear and inertias, and sends us forth to proclaim the Gospel in new places and peripheries All. Let us walk forward and open up new frontiers of all kinds, including ways of thinking, to seek out new pathways. Leader. That the whole Christ may be born and grow through the troublesome human history. All. Let us walk forward and open up new frontiers of all kinds, including ways of thinking, to seek out new pathways. Leader. That we may be witnesses of compassion and mercy, universal brothers of the world. All. Let us walk forward and open up new frontiers of all kinds, including ways of thinking, to seek out new pathways.

Reading

Reader. Our objective regarding the evangelization of the youth generation and their preparation to respond to the calling of the Lord, will be to go forth to meet them, to walk with them and to help them be attentive to Jesus’ call.

Response Leader. We will see that each province and delegation has the necessary personnel and structures, so that Youth Ministry and especially Vocation Ministry may be properly attended to and coordinated. All. We will take seriously the human, theological, pastoral and spiritual preparation of our pastoral agents of evangeliza-

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tion of the youth, so that they might be better prepared to reach out to them, respond with creativity to their ques- tions, accompany them with wisdom in their journey, and to challenge their decisions prophetically. Leader. We will promote the creation of groups and communi- ties of teenagers and young people All. That will initiate processes of searching for God, of faith, vocation discernment and Christian and apostolic com- mitment.

Conclusion Leader. Lord, you called us to be a Church on the move. All. Strengthen our commitment to you, so that each and every one of us may encourage vocations. Help us create an authentic culture of vocation, in which your Word and the surrounding human situations really challenge us, to clearly present the different forms of Christian life, and in a very specific way our missionary vocation as “Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. We gather, O Father, around this table as sons of the Heart of Mary. Bless our community and these gifts of sus- tenance and life. May these strengthen our commitment and grant us the cordiality to proclaim to and share with others our sonship. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 24 Being a Community of Witnesses and Messengers Part 1 (MS 69-70)

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action, a process. It is a grace which must be asked for, nur- tured, and allowed to grow, not just the result of our efforts. All. Lord, give us the grace of being a community of witnesses and messengers of the joy of the Gospel. Leader. As sons of the “heart,” should we not put great effort to be communities of “one heart and one mind” in which we share our spiritual and material goods, whereby we enjoy the favor of God’s people, and God adds new members? All. Lord, give us the grace of being a community of witnesses and messengers of the joy of the Gospel. Leader. To be community is possible when we accept the presence of the Father, and Mary our Mother, who make us brothers with the only Master who makes us disciples and brings us joy with his Presence and the love of the Spirit which is poured into our hearts. Only then does our mission become credible. All. Lord, give us the grace of being a community of witnesses and messengers of the joy of the Gospel.

Reading Reader. Our goal during the next six years is to create mis- sionary communities that will rediscover the joy of living in communities which are houses and schools of com - munion; that give witness to God’s primacy and, in and of themselves, will announce the Gospel.

Response

Leader. We will promote among ourselves attitudes of mutual and loving appreciation, of interests in who the other is and for what he does. All. In this way healthy communities can develop where dia- logue occurs, grace is shared, a sense of trust and freedom develops, the joy of the Gospel is shared, pardon and reconciliation heals our wounds, and no one and nothing,

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like the abuse of social media, the new technologies, and other interests, isolates us from one another. Leader. We will encourage each of our communities to get involved in accord with our charism in the local church, to be open to collaborate in projects that go beyond the local diocese All. And become more visible in the social media, citizenship projects and cultural context of the society in which it is located, to transform this reality according to God’s plan, and to offer generous and qualified collaboration, solidarity, or support

Conclusion

Leader. Lord God, our being a community of witnesses and messengers of the Gospel is both a gift and a challenge from you. All. Grant that our communities treasure and respond to this grace, specially in elaborating our community projects in a spirit of discernment, prayer and togetherness. Teach us also how to open our communities to those with whom we share our mission and charism. Lead our communi - ties towards pastoral conversion that we may discern our apostolic commitments and the status of our fraternal life. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Bless, O Lord, this food to make us healthy and strong. Bless us, too and make our community healthy that we may live as brothers and share to others the joy of living the Gospel. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 25 Being a Community

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of Witnesses and Messengers Part 2 (MS 71)

Introduction Leader. To be “community” is a verb and not just a noun. It is an action, a process. It is a grace which must be asked for, nur- tured, and allowed to grow, not just the result of our efforts. All. Lord, give us the grace of being a community of witnesses and messengers of the joy of the Gospel. Leader. As sons of the “heart,” should we not put great effort to be communities of “one heart and one mind” in which we share our spiritual and material goods, whereby we enjoy the favor of God’s people, and God adds new members? All. Lord, give us the grace of being a community of witnesses and messengers of the joy of the Gospel. Leader. To be community is possible when we accept the presence of the Father, and Mary our Mother, who make us brothers with the only Master who makes us disciples and brings us joy with his Presence and the love of the Spirit which is poured into our hearts. Only then does our mission becomes credible. All. Lord, give us the grace of being a community of witnesses and messengers of the joy of the Gospel.

Reading

Reader. With respect to the economy of our Congregation, provinces and delegations, and communities, our goal for the next six years is: to increase the sharing of goods in solidarity, and to be an expression of a poor Church that evangelizes the poor, in the style of Claret.

Response Leader. We will rediscover the joy of being poor like Jesus All. Conforming more and more our styles of life, organization and economic activity to a missionary Gospel poverty which makes our evangelization credible, witnesses to

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solidarity and to a trust in Providence. Leader. We will adopt measures and develop programs All. Involving the interprovincial conferences to select and prepare local and provincial treasurers and administrators of works.

Conclusion Leader. All that we are and everything that we have, all come from you, Lord. All. Teach us to administer the goods of this earth as your stewards. May our provinces and delegations program their economy using projections beyond the annual budget with more transparency and competence in order to increase resources that support our ministries on the peripheries and allow us to support ministries of other provinces and delegations under the coordination of the General Gov- ernment. Grant us to find appropriate instruments and a style of organization that facilitate the coordination of the Congregation’s property for the benefit of its universal mission. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Heavenly Father, you provide us with food to nourish us in your love. Bless this table of our fellowship and make us thankful for the little joys of this meal: the pleasing aroma of the different dishes before us, the varied flavors of the food we will eat, even the seeming blandness of the rice (or bread) that enhances even more the taste of food. To you be glory and honor forever and ever. All. Amen.

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Prayer Celebration 26 Being a Community of Witnesses and Messengers Part 3 (MS 72)

Introduction Leader. To be “community” is a verb and not just a noun. It is an action, a process. It is a grace which must be asked for, nur- tured, and allowed to grow, not just the result of our efforts. All. Lord, give us the grace of being a community of witnesses and messengers of the joy of the Gospel. Leader. As sons of the “heart,” should we not put great effort to be communities of “one heart and one mind” in which we share our spiritual and material goods, whereby we enjoy the favor of God’s people, and God adds new members? All. Lord, give us the grace of being a community of witnesses and messengers of the joy of the Gospel. Leader. To be community is possible when we accept the presence of the Father, and Mary our Mother, who make us brothers with the only Master who makes us disciples and brings us joy with his Presence and the love of the Spirit which is poured into our hearts. Only then does our mission becomes credible. All. Lord, give us the grace of being a community of witnesses and messengers of the joy of the Gospel.

Reading Reader. Our goal with respect to the governance of our Congregation is to make sure that those who exercise the service of authority, discern and act “according to God’s heart” to accompany persons, to foster missionary cooperation, to promote the creativity and innovation that the Spirit requires in every time and place.

Response

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Leader. We will encourage a governance that is shared, com- passionate, inspired by Jesus and those attitudes found in the heart of Mary. All. Thus, we will ensure proper qualification and support for those who will provide the services of animation, and we will enhance the role of the inter-provincial conferences. Leader. From initial formation, we will see that assignments animate and reinforce the universal mission of the Con- gregation in close dialogue of the General Government with the major superiors. All. We will develop programs that improve the preparation of those who are going to be sent, and the disposition to the host provinces, delegations and communities who are going to receive them.

Conclusion

Leader. Father God, you bring us together as brothers, your sons, in this missionary community. All. It was you who began this great enterprise in us. Send us your Spirit that we may explore new methods and ways of organizing our general and provincial chapters in their different phases from preparation to implementation to evaluation as well as the inter-provincial conferences. Give us your grace to bring to conclusion those processes of reorganization already initiated and consolidate those already carried out in accordance with the criteria set out in the last General Chapters, which had been graced mo- ments of renewal. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Our Lord and God, our community is your ongoing gift to each of us. You continue to sustain and nourish us with the grace of food that we are about to partake. Bless this

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meal that we may nurture and keep our community a place of compassion, service and mutual support according to your heart. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 27 Men who Adore God in the Spirit Part 1 (MS 73-74)

Introduction

Leader. As first disciple, Mary teaches us how to listen to the Word, to keep it in our heart and to take care of the needs of others. All. In the forge of your Heart, O loving Mother, teach us to proclaim the greatness of the Lord and rejoice in God our Savior. Leader. As mother at the foot of the Cross, she conforms us with Jesus, prays with us for the coming of the Spirit and the arrival of the final victory against Evil who wants to destroy the creation of God. All. In the forge of your Heart, O loving Mother, teach us to proclaim the greatness of the Lord and rejoice in God our Savior. Leader. Therefore, the “only concern” of a son of the Heart of Mary “is how he may follow Christ and imitate him in praying, working, enduring and striving constantly and solely for the greater glory of God and the salvation of humankind.” All. In the forge of your Heart, O loving Mother, teach us to proclaim the greatness of the Lord and rejoice in God our Savior.

Reading

Reader. Our objective with regard to spirituality for the next six years is to joyfully go forth in the path of the Lord, to

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proclaim with our life and mission the supremacy of God, following the spiritual life journey of our Founder, as re - flected in his autobiography.

Response Leader. We will develop and carry out under the guidance of the General Government a formative and spiritual itinerary to help all Claretians know and live deeply and passionately our spiritual patrimony. All. We shall take care very specially of the vocational listening and shared Word of God, particularly in the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours throughout the liturgical year Leader. We shall continue to promote the Forge experiences. We shall foster the realization of the Residential Forge in various geographical and language areas and the participa- tion of all in special moments of our life. All. We shall work on our personal projects to encourage progress in the missionary life, foster in us spiritual ac- companiment, and look for ways to dialogue about these in community.

Conclusion Leader. O God, you call and accompany us to go forth joyfully in your path. All. Teach us and our communities to adore you in spirit and truth, and thus show the emptiness of any kind of idolatry. Encourage in us the joyful living of the vocation we have received from you whether it be lay, priestly or diaconal that we may grow deeper in it and to manifest in our spirituality and formation our common vocation as missionaries and religious. May we be open to participate more actively in the spiritual journey of Christian communities and, when present, in their popular religiosity, and in those human groups with whom we share life, creating places and times

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that allow for participation, all of which are for us a source of spirituality. Lord, send more workers to the harvest. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. God, our Father, you bless us with every breath we take, and you continue to nourish us with the food before us. Bless us and this table that we may joyfully go forth in your path and proclaim with our life and mission your primacy in everything. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 28 Men who Adore God in the Spirit Part 2 (MS 75)

Introduction Leader. As first disciple, Mary teaches us how to listen to the Word, to keep it in our heart and to take care of the needs of others. All. In the forge of your Heart, O loving Mother, teach us to proclaim the greatness of the Lord and rejoice in God our Savior. Leader. As mother at the foot of the Cross, she conforms us with Jesus, prays with us for the coming of the Spirit and the arrival of the final victory against Evil who wants to destroy the creation of God. All. In the forge of your Heart, O loving Mother, teach us to proclaim the greatness of the Lord and rejoice in God our Savior. Leader. Therefore, a son of the Heart of Mary’s “only concern is how he may follow Christ and imitate him in praying, working, enduring and striving constantly and solely for the greater glory of God and the salvation of humankind.” All. In the forge of your Heart, O loving Mother, teach us to

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proclaim the greatness of the Lord and rejoice in God our Savior.

Reading

Reader. Our objective regarding initial as well as ongoing formation for the next six years is to progress and grow as disciples, called by the Master to be with him, and to be sent as witnesses and messengers until we are transformed as was our Father Founder throughout the course of his life.

Response

Leader. We will review the General Plan of Formation, keep- ing in mind our charismatic traits and the challenges of our time, and will define our formation both initial and continuous as truly transformative processes. All. We will make certain that the accompaniment during initial formation includes a personal meeting between each student and his formator to facilitate discernment and vocational growth. Leader. We will endeavor to see that formators are prepared for this ministry of accompaniment and perform their ministry free of other tasks that might prevent them from joyfully carrying out their assignment as a very important part of the unique and common Claretian Mission. All. We will reinforce in all our formation processes, centers and stages, those actions that help to prepare our formandi for intercultural living, inculturation and a commitment to the universal mission of the Congregation.

Conclusion Leader. Holy Spirit, you are the first and foremost Formator, come and form us according to the Father’s will. All. Make our formation communities witnesses and mes- sengers of the Gospel committed to the formation process. May we devote time and effort to update our

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own biblical-theological formation and knowledge of the social and political circumstances of the day, that we may offer missionary services relevant to the times. Renew the initiatives and structures we have in the Congregation for renewal and formation that they may be life-giving and responsive to the needs of our Missionaries, of the Church and of the world. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Divine Formator, you formed us in your image and likeness, and continue to form us in the image of your Son. Bless us and these your gifts which will then become us, that in turn we may become more and more like your Son, Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 29 Conclusion

Introduction

Leader. The Chapter discernment ends here. It is the result of a wish and a prayer to place ourselves in the “upper room,” the Cenacle of the Spirit, and with Mary our mother always in the center. All. May we listen to the challenges of God in our world, high- light those traits by which the Spirit identifies us, let its fire transform us and its wind make us a Congregation going forth to the peripheries of the world. Leader. If we are faithful to the vocation received we will be happy and will communicate with our own style the Joy of the Gospel. All. May we listen to the challenges of God in our world, high- light those traits by which the Spirit identifies us, let its fire transform us and its wind make us a Congregation going

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forth to the peripheries of the world. Leader. May this document be received like a short film that tries to capture in a few scenes the intense process of dis- cernment, prayed, shared and endorsed by all. All. May we listen to the challenges of God in our world, high- light those traits by which the Spirit identifies us, let its fire transform us and its wind make us a Congregation going forth to the peripheries of the world.

Reading

Reader. The Chapter members represent only three percent of the entire Congregation. Among us are reflected a wonderful variety of languages, peoples and cultures. Once again we find that fraternal intercultural dialogue is possible, that through gestures of closeness and mutual belonging, any barrier is surmountable. Nothing daunts a united Congregation.

Response

Leader. We are motivated by a strong desire for change, which is expressed in pastoral conversion, missionary and ecological, to which the Church of today calls us, and in the decision to leave our areas of comfort to become a “Congregation going forth.” All. We have received a charismatic heritage which energizes us ever more and helps us to discover our reason for being in the local churches, in the world Church, and in society.

Conclusion

Leader. The Immaculate Heart of Mary, so beautifully depicted in the mural which presides over our General House chapel, is our inspiration. With her, let us go forth, walking together with the people, in joyful adoration! We are missionaries! All. You are always Mother, Mother now

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)f that emergent Christ born and growing Through an evolving human history. Mother of the Word and its disciple, Master of listening and of service, Maternal Cenacle of the Church:

Never turn back, Mother! Encourage the twelve going forth, And all seventy, For we are bewildered, Perhaps, at the onslaught of God’s windstorm! Open our eyes and ears, Shake from us fear and inertia, Give us a heart of flesh and chrism, Clothe us with joy and courage, Send us to the Wind that brings you, Witnesses of your Son, Paschal servers and deacons, Brothers universal of the world! Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. Bless us, O Lord, and all these gifts which we will share in this cenacle of our fraternity. Grant that nourished by this food, we may be open to your Spirit to welcome the fire and the wind to go forth to the frontiers of evangelization. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

Prayer Celebration 30 With Pope Francis:

Witnesses and Messengers of the Joy of the Gospel

Introduction

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Leader. We are witnesses because joy cannot be expressed if it is not present and profoundly rooted in our personal life, as well as in the community. All. Jesus, be the center of our life, that we may give witness and communicate the joy of the Gospel. Leader. We are messengers because what is good must be shared and in sharing this joy, it is purified and multiplied, making it truly evangelical. All. Jesus, be the center of our life, that we may give witness and communicate the joy of the Gospel. Leader . One sure way to hear the challenges is to place ourselves in the realities of the different peripheries of the world. In these places we hear these challenges with greater clarity. All. Jesus, be the center of our life, that we may give witness and communicate the joy of the Gospel.

Reading

Reader. St. Anthony Mary Claret, as a founder, gave you a beautiful name: “Sons of the Heart of Mary.” Allow all of the dimensions of your lives to be profoundly marked by this “cordiality” which inspired Mary’s beautiful hymn of the Magnificat; and express the motherliness of the Church, Merciful Mother, who never tires of waiting, accompanying and forgiving.

Response Leader. To “give thanks for our past” is to give thanks to God for the testimony of many of our brothers who, sustained by their faith, lived their vocation with profound joy, some of them even up to the point of martyrdom. All. This also calls us to recognize the merciful hand of God who, regardless of our weaknesses and inconsistencies, continues to work marvels in the midst of the people of

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God. Leader. “Living the present with passion” is fundamental to the missionary project in the spirit of St. Anthony Mary Claret, who placed as his model in his coat of arms, “Caritas Christi urget nos” (the Love of Christ Impels Us). All. To love as Jesus loved should challenge each of our pastoral options. Leader. “Embracing the future with hope” means not to allow ourselves to be dragged down by discouragement. Do not be afraid. It is the Lord who sends us. All. Let us always place our eyes on those who await the proc- lamation, and those who need our witness in order to feel the merciful presence of God in their lives.

Conclusion

Leader. God, our participation in your mission in the gift of the Spirit. All. We give you thanks for our past for the testimony of many of our brothers. In spite of our weaknesses and inconsis- tencies, you continue to work marvels in the midst of your people. We live the present with passion to love as Jesus loved. We embrace the future with hope for you are our hope and strength. It is you who send us to those who need our witness to feel your merciful presence in their lives. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. We praise you, almighty God, Eternal Now where the past and future meet. Send upon us your blessing and bless our meal that we may always be thankful for the past, passionate for the present and full of hope for the future. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

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Prayer Celebration 31 With Pope Francis — To Adore, to Walk, to Accompany

Leader. For us in the world of efficiency, we have lost the sense of adoration. Even in prayer, it is not certain, we pray, we adore the Lord, we ask, we thank. All. Adore. Reader A. But adoration is being in front of the one and only God, of that who do not have a price, who cannot be ne - gotiated, who cannot be changed, and all that is outside of him is an imitation of nothing, is idolatry. All. Teach us, God, to adore you. Let us remember that we have no other God than the only one, and worship only you. Grant us the grace to spend time even without asking, without thanking, even without praising, but only adoring, only worshipping with a prostrate soul. Leader. God cannot worship himself, but God wanted to walk, he would not want to stand still. From the very start, he walked with his people. That of Moses was so beautiful. Which nation had a God so close who walks with you? All. Walk. Reader B. And to walk is to open frontiers, to go out, to open up doors, to look for ways. Walk. Not just sit. Not to be settled in the bad sense of the word. It is true that things are to be organized, that there are ministries that require sitting still but with the soul, the heart and the mind, walk, search. All. Bid us, Lord, to go to the frontiers, including that of the mind, to open roads. To search and not be still that we may not decay and become corrupted. Make us like the flowing water of a river that does not decay. Let us walk the way you

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walked, who became a companion on the road. Help us to walk with that desire to gain one day to contemplate you. Leader. Accompany, in other words, do not walk alone. Because it’s kind of boring, rather accompany the people because God walked accompanying them. Remember what Jesus did to the foolish disciples escaping from Jerusalem to Emmaus. All. Accompany. Reader C. He walked right next to them and accompanied them, accompanied them through a process until that cold heart was rekindled and was burning, and then real- ized what had happened. All. Be with us, Lord, that we may accompany the people in moments of joy, the happiness of marriages, of families, ac - company them during the hard times, moments of crosses, moments of sin. May we accompany people, accompany so many wishes that you sow in their hearts, and to let them grow well. Leader. Adore, walk and accompany. And since Mary is the Mother who takes care of us, let us pray a Hail Mary. All. Hail, Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

When used as the reading before meals, the following may be said as grace before meals.

Leader. God, our Father, you gather us before you around the table of your grace. Bless the food we are about to partake to give us strength and determination to adore you, to walk, and to accompany you and our brothers and sisters in the peripheries where you send us. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

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Prayer of the Claretian

O Lord, renew is our Congregation and in each one of us the spirit that animated St. Anthony Mary Claret, our Father. Grant that we, Missionaries, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, may be men on fire with love who spread its flames wherever we go; that we may desire and strive by all means possible to set the whole world on fire with God’s love; that nothing or no one may daunt us; that we may delight in privations, welcome work, embrace sacrifices, smile at slanders brought against us, rejoice in the torments and sorrows we suffer and glory in the cross of Jesus Christ; that our only concern may be how to follow and imitate Jesus Christ more closely in prayer, work and suffering, and strive constantly and singlemindedly for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls. Amen.

Thanksgiving for Our Vocation

O Mother, we thank you for the vocation we have received. Grant us the grace to be faithful to it throughout our lives.

Definition of a Claretian Missionary

Reader 1. Lord, through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, fill us with the spirit of love that we be men on fire with love and spread its flames wherever we go. All. Amen. Reader 2. That we may desire and strive by all means possible

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to set the whole world on fire with God’s love. All. Amen. Reader 3. Lord, through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, fill us with the spirit of fortitude so that nothing daunts us, that we may delight in privations and valiantly welcome our apostolic labors. All. Amen. Reader 4. That we may joyfully embrace sacrifices, smile at slander, and rejoice in suffering. All. Amen. Reader 5. Lord, through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, fill us with the missionary spirit that ani- mated Jesus, your Son, that our only concern may be to follow and imitate him in praying, working and suffering. All. Amen. Reader 6. And so, like Jesus, we may strive constantly and singlemindedly for your greater glory and the salvation of humankind. All. Amen.

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Different Times and Seasons There is a given time for everything and a time for every

Different Times and Seasons

There is a given time for everything and a time for every happening under heaven: A time for giving birth, a time for dying; a time for planting,

a time for uprooting ....

A time for tears, a time for

laughter; a time for mourning, a time for dancing .... A time for searching, a time for losing; a time for

.... silent and a time to speak. —Ecclesiastes 3:1-7

keeping, a time for throwing away

a time to be

Different Times and Seasons

Prayer upon waking up in the morning

On Monday

Father God, today I begin a new day and a new week in your Name. Grant me the joy of learning as I use English as the language of my daily life; give me the grace to always remember this commitment to speak in English. Amen.

On Other Weekdays

Glory and praise to you, God, in the beginning of this new day. Make this day a day of joy and discovery, of joy in learning a new language and in discovering my own talents and ability. Amen.

On Saturday

Father in heaven, thank you for the end of the week, which is your gift to us that we may rest and find renewed strength in you. Weekends are not the end, but a new beginning. Lift our spirits up to continue learning English. Amen.

On Sunday

This is the day you have made when life triumphs over death:

the first day when you brought forth light and also the eighth day when you raised Jesus, your Son and our Lord, from the darkness of the grave to be our true Sun! On this day of rest, send us your Spirit of light

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that we may see what it takes to learn a new language:

our commitment and determination, and time to learn and practice. May we find in the risen Lord our resolve to learn English. Amen.

Sunday Morning Prayer

Reading Make every effort to keep among you the unity of Spirit through bonds of peace. Let there be one body and one spirit, for God, in calling you, gave the same Spirit to all. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. One God, the Father of all, who is above all and works through all, and is in all. —Ephesians 4:3-6.

Prayer

  • I praise you, Lord, this morning on the day of your resurrection.

On this day, you triumphed over sin and death,

and brought us new life. It is also this day when my whole family are at home, away from work and school, to rest and be together. As I am also with my brothers in our Claretian family,

  • I pray that though I am far from my family, you may unite us in your love.

May you be ever present with my family; console them when my loved ones miss me. Be with me on this day of rest as your entire family celebrate the Eucharist, that we may be nourished and strengthened by your body and blood. Amen.

Monday Morning Prayer

Reading

If anyone is not willing to work, neither should that one

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eat. However, we heard that some among you live in idleness— busybodies, doing no work. In the name of Christ Jesus, our Lord, we command those people to work and earn their own living. And you, brothers and sisters, do not weary in doing what is right. —2 Thessalonians 3:10-13.

Prayer

God, you began the work of creation

and entrusted to us to continue what you had begun.

  • I thank you for the strength you give us,

for the grace of work and study that we receive from you.

In the beginning of a new class week, grant me the wisdom that comes from you that I may learn English as a language to communicate, understand and love one another as we create and build our community. Be with me as I begin another week

that as I go to class and participate in our activities,

  • I may bring you with me and that I may be a living sign of your loving presence to those I will meet today.

Bless my classroom that there be harmony among us who study there; bless my classmates that they, too, may share in your goodness; and bless my teachers that they be instruments in your hands to impart to us your gift of knowledge and wisdom. Amen.

Tuesday Morning Prayer

Reading

This is the time to awake for our salvation is now nearer than when we first believed; the night is almost over and day

is at hand. Let us discard, therefore, everything that belongs to darkness and let us put on the armor of light. As we live in the full light of day, let us behave with decency. —Romans

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Prayer

Lord God, you make the sun rise at the beginning of a new day;

you nourish the earth and fill us with your goodness. Enlighten us throughout this day that we may be aware of your abiding presence, that we may ever walk in your ways. Nourish us with your Word that what you speak may take flesh in us in our daily life and study. As we learn English, may your Spirit enlighten our minds to understand what the different new words mean and see the correct structure of different sentences. May we study English in your name. Bless my classmates and my teachers, unite us all in your love and together as one family, we will praise and bless you, our Lord and God. Amen.

Wednesday Morning Prayer

Do not do to another what you would hate done to yourself. Give your bread to those who are hungry and your clothes to those who are naked. Take counsel of those who are wise and do not despise any useful advice. In all circumstances, bless the Lord and ask him to make your ways upright, and to make your plans and projects succeed. —Tobit 4:15a, 16a, 18-19a.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, you made us in your image as brothers and sisters to one another. I praise and thank you this morning as you make the sun rise for all your children,

for the rich and the poor alike, for the sinner and the just.

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I begin this day in your Name; be with me to guide me that I may do good to everyone I meet today and participate in class with dedication and joy. Open my eyes to see your goodness in everything, my ears to hear you speaking in the events of daily life, my heart to welcome you into my life and those who are in need of understanding and love. Bless us, O God, in this English Camp and make us one with you in our learning community. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Thursday Morning Prayer

Reading

The kingdom of God is not a matter of food or drink; it is

justice, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, and if you serve Christ

in this way, you will please God and be praised by the people. Let us look, then, for what strengthens and makes us better.

—Romans 14:17-19.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you are the Word of the Father, made flesh, you became one of us to proclaim the coming of God’s Kingdom among us, the reign of justice, peace and joy in our world. Send us your Spirit that we may be your joyful witnesses in the midst of selfishness and materialism; make us instruments of your peace, teach us how to be just that we may live in harmony and peace with one another. Grant us the spirit of true commitment in our study so that we may learn not for grades or any rewards, but as a way of sharing in the continuing work

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of changing the face of the earth according to God’s wisdom. May we remain firm in our promise to speak only in English and strong in our determination to use English today. Bless my classmates and teachers, bless also my family and loved ones, that we may all be united in the love we have for each other. Amen.

Friday Morning Prayer

Reading

Do not let even one bad word come from your mouth, but

only good words that will encourage when necessary and be helpful to those who hear. Do not sadden the Holy Spirit of God, which you were marked with. It will be your distinctive mark on the day of salvation. Do away with all quarreling, rage, anger, insults and every kind of malice: be good and understanding, mutually forgiving one another as God forgave you in Christ.

—Ephesians 4:29-32.

Prayer

God, our Father, you sent to us your Word to show us your face and you gifted us with the grace to believe in him. You marked us with the Holy Spirit in baptism as a people redeemed by your Son, a chosen nation to be a light to the world. As you had brought us to this English Camp, may we learn English with our brothers as another language of your compassion and love. Throughout this day, may I use English to speak words of encouragement that build and not destroy;

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take away from my heart any laziness and lack of interest, that I may radiate your zeal and love for life. I also pray for my family and friends, my teachers and my classmates, and those who have asked me to pray for them:

bless them and grant them the grace they need. Amen.

Saturday Morning Prayer

Reading Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not wish evil on anyone. Rejoice with those who are joyful, and weep with those who weep. Live in peace with one another. Do not dream of extraordinary things; be humble. —Romans 12:14-16a.

Prayer

Lord, this morning is your gift to us— the beginning of a new day and the end of a week of class. You know how difficult it is to learn a new language, and how much effort we put into learning English. We at times feel discouraged, bored or uninterested, but you know and understand us for you yourself also had to learn a lot as the Son of Joseph and Mary. May we learn from your example how to be good learners and not give up. Make us more sensitive to the structure of this new language, as well as to the needs of our brothers in our English Camp. Send us your Spirit to unite us in our learning community, sharing with one another the joys and sorrows, the sufferings and the triumphs that our life in our Camp may bring. Amen.

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Midday Prayer

Lord, on this first half of the day, let me see what I did to make English a part of my daily life.

Personal Review

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What did I do this morning since I woke up until now? How did I feel? Bored? Enthusiastic? Tired?

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What have I learned in our activities and sessions? Anything new? Something reinforced?

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Did I use English? When? What did I do? Or did I switch to my mother tongue? Why?

Concluding Prayer

I thank you, Lord, for this morning,

specially for this gift:

(think of something or a learning experience that caught your attention this morning).

Strengthen my resolve to speak English that I may learn it as my second language, not only in studying, but in communicating and interacting with my brothers in the community.

Help me to understand English that we may understand one another better.

Send me your Spirit to renew my commitment to use English for the rest of this day. Amen.

Prayer Before Studying

Jesus, my Brother and Friend, help me to pay attention to what I will study now. Send me your Spirit, that I may be enthusiastic, energized and excited

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with what I will study; inspire me to learn English well, and to do my homework correctly.

Grant me to be patient when I meet any difficult words in reading; enlighten me that I may understand them according to how they are used in the sentence. Make me aware of my thoughts that I may express myself clearly, specially when I write in English.

Show me how to be aware of how I learn that I may learn how to learn. May the English language take root in my life that I may have access to the wealth of knowledge and information written and presented in English, that I may express myself in English as I reach out to others in our community and in our Claretian congregation. Amen.

Daily Visit to the Blessed Sacrament

Claretian spirituality revolves around the Eucharist. Most of the graces Father Claret received are purely Eucharistic, or they are in relation to the Eucharist (also with the Virgin) during Mass or in his prolonged periods of adoration. The Eucharist was the sacrament of his union with God. His faith was revealed externally and inspired whoever accompanied him in his visits to the Blessed Sacrament. He was near the tabernacle as much as he could, and there he remained in ecstasy for awhile. From Claret’s Autobiography, no. 767: “When I am before the Blessed Sacrament, I feel such a lively faith that I can’t de -

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scribe it. Christ in the Eucharist is almost tangible to me; I kiss his wounds continually and embrace him. When it’s time for me to leave, I have to tear myself away from his sacred presence.”

Sunday

Seeing the light near the tabernacle, the flowers and the candles on the altar, I wish I could be like them to spend my time with you, to listen to you and talk to you. Likewise, I desire that I myself be like the altar, the place where you and your people meet in conversation and mutual offering. Lord, teach me how I can be a better instrument of your peace to bring happiness, faith and hope to the people around me. Amen.

—Dan Quyet Manh

Monday Hello, Jesus, I believe that you are there in the form of bread though I am unable to see anything. I do not know what concerns I will have today. I have a lot of things in my mind, which makes it difficult to see you or to listen to you. Dear Je - sus, when I somehow separate from you, be in command of my heart that my heart may center on your words that I may put the Gospel into practice in my life. Amen. —Dan Quyet Manh

Tuesday Dear Jesus, I am here before you. I sometimes forget you in my life and do not feel that you are with me. I do not let you enter my life but keep you locked in this tabernacle. I want to avoid you and play games to let the time pass. My schedule and the many activities I have make me forget you. My heart has become a barren field where no seeds can grow. Jesus, my dear Brother and Guide, be a part of my life and teach me to nurture my vocation, to do good and live well in my community. I trust you and love you. You’re my only light and source of my joy! Amen. —Ha Van Kinh

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Wednesday Jesus, I thank you for giving me this moment to be with you and to share my thoughts and feelings. As I start my journey to become a Claretian Missionary, help me learn how to be bread for others like you and to fully commit myself to this way of life. Bless those people who give their best to support me in my vocation journey. Bless them and be with them always. May they serve as my inspiration and as the way to see and appreciate the beauty of life. Guide me to walk the right path, and be the light when I am in the dark that I may continue to follow in your footsteps. Welcome me with your loving hands, embrace me with your blessings, and be with me in my daily task. Lord, all I want is to offer myself to you. Grant me to faith- fully follow you as I put myself in the service of your people. Amen. —Wyeth Supas

Thursday

Lord, thank you for the life you give us, for the water we

drink and the air we breathe. Thank you for the laughter I have with my brothers and friends, the bread of life we receive every- day. May this bread nourish my spirit to continue my vocation and strengthen my resolve to face any difficulties in life. Grant me the courage and faithfulness to do my duties and focus my mind and heart on the present moment. Help me to live the faith with my community, and to be happy in your love as your son. You are Christ, our Lord, the giver and bread of life. Amen. —Roi Vincent Cabiles

Friday

Dear Jesus, hi! I am sorry for the times I was not able to talk to you like this. I have been too busy doing the chores I had to do. I know that this isn’t enough excuse to not visit you. I am now here to talk to you about things I am not able to understand in my life, that sometimes lead me to do bad.

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Forgive me for those times.

  • I am grateful to you because though you are not physically

around, I can feel that you are always present, looking after me and saving me from harm. I sometimes become too selfish with the blessings you give me because I do not want to share them with my brothers. Open my heart that I may be generous as you are with me. Guide me in this way of life, about which I do not know much yet. Let me learn how to live as a Claretian Missionary in this community, where your Spirit has brought me. Thank you, Jesus, for everything. Amen.

Saturday

Dear Jesus, thank you for another special day, another day to experience your love, to learn how to correct myself, a day

to be with my brothers to love them, another day of faith and courage to follow your call.

  • I pray before you and ask you for your guidance. I present

to you my life of prayer that you may grant me the grace to

remember you every moment of the day that I may be a brother to everyone in our community. Strengthen my vocation that I may truly become a Claretian Missionary on fire with God’s love. Amen. —Ray John Kenneth Mejorada

Marian Prayer Day by Day

Pope St. John Paul II

Sunday

Mary, Mother of our Redeemer and Mother of the Church, we offer you the praise of the Angel of the Annunciation—Hail, full of grace! Through you the Holy Spirit gave this world Jesus its Savior—Son of God, Word made Flesh, Foundation of the Church.

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Monday

Through you God’s holy people, his Church on earth, ap- peals for light and strength in its pilgrimage of faith. You have gone before us on the same journey and are now glorified in heaven. Be for us who are still on that journey of faith a true Star of the Sea, leading us to the presence of your Son where he sits at the right hand of the Father, enthroned in glory.

Tuesday

You were the first to believe. You persevered in prayer with the disciples in the Upper Room. You were a unique witness to the mystery of Jesus. All generations have called you blessed. God’s holy Church looks yet again to you for inspiration and help.

Wednesday

Be our Mother. Share with us your limitless faith. Take and keep us within your protective arms in a world that has largely lost faith and abandoned hope. Petition for us from your Son — as once you did so powerfully at Cana of Galilee—an increase of vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life so that the Church may flourish in our time and thereby magnify his name. Touch the hearts of all our youth that they may see in every walk of life an opportunity to serve.

Thursday

Take from all our hearts the selfishness that sours relation- ships and keeps us centered only on ourselves. Give us hearts aflame with charity and filled with love. Make us, like the apostle John who was commended to your care, loving children of our heavenly Father, conscious always of your maternal presence in our lives.

Friday

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the one flock under one shepherd for which Jesus prayed. Shine forth for us and for all the peoples as a sign of sure hope and solace as we strive to make our pilgrimage of faith hand in hand. Be our common Mother who prays for the unity of God’s family. May we see in you our model of that obedience of faith which should be found in all who listen attentively to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.

Saturday

He who is mighty has done great things for you. Humbly we ask that you in turn may do for us these things for which we pray in the name and through the power of that most Holy

Spirit who lives and reigns in the unity of the Father and the Son, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer Before Going to Bed

Father God, thank you for this day; help me see what I did throughout the day.

Examination of Conscience

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What activities did we do today? How did I participate in them? What did I learn today? Was there anything that made me feel bad or I did not like? Why?

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How did I pray today? Did I have personal quiet time? How did I interact with my brothers?

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Did I use English as often as I could? Did I express myself in English? What can I do to focus more on English?

Reading

Sunday

They will see his face and his name will be on their fore -

heads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of lamp or sun for God himself will be their light and they will reign forever. —Revelation 22:4-5.

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God, our Father, forgive me whatever sins I have done this day:

the things I should not have done but did, and the things I should have done but didn’t do. You have been with me throughout this day, especially in the celebration of the Eucharist; with you, my brothers and I remain united. Bind us more closely with one another and grant that we may waken to a new day, strengthened by your grace and full of joy and hope. Amen.

End with the concluding prayer on page 98.

Monday For God has not willed us to be condemned, but to win salvation through Jesus Christ, our Lord. He died for us so that we might enter into life with him, whether we are still awake or already asleep. —1 Thessalonians 5:9-10.

Lord, thank you for this day, for your grace of work and study. Thank you for the rest you give us every night, for this time of quiet and rest to be alone with you. It has been a busy and tiring day, but with your help, and the help of my teachers and classmates, I am able to go on. As I remember them, may you be with them throughout this night; protect us and grant us the rest we need, so that we may waken to a new day in your Name. Amen.

End with the concluding prayer on page 98.

Tuesday

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sisters, scattered throughout the world, are confronting similar sufferings. —1 Peter 5:8-9.

Father, with the setting of the sun, you give rest to the world. Give that same rest and comfort to us; gladden the hearts of those who suffer the loneliness of this night. As you have enlightened us throughout this day, may your Spirit shed on us this night the light that comes from you, a comforting light, a light that saves. Amen.

End with the concluding prayer on page 98.

Wednesday

Be angry, but do not sin: do not let your anger last until the

end of the day, lest you give the devil a foothold. —Ephesians

4:26-27.

God, our Father, thank you for this day; you give us the night to rest and be renewed. Bless our English Camp and all of us who participate in it; may your Spirit reign in hearts to make us your family, both students and teachers. Bless our Claretian Congregation too, especially our Missionaries in difficult mission areas. Amen.

End with the concluding prayer on page 98.

Thursday

May the God of peace make you holy and bring you to

perfection. May you be completely blameless in spirit, soul

and body till the coming of Christ Jesus, our Lord. —1 Thes- salonians 5:23.

Lord, it has been a busy day. Thank you for the moments of rest

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throughout this day and for the moments of having lifted up my heart and mind to you in prayer. As we come to the end of this day, make the things we have done today be like seeds sown to bear the fruits of justice, mutual understanding and love. Bless our learning community even as you bless our Claretian family. Amen.

End with the concluding prayer on page 98.

Friday You are in our midst, Lord, and on us your Name has been invoked. Do not abandon us! —Jeremiah 14:9b.

Our Father, you have accompanied us this day as we participate in our English Camp. We saw you in our brothers this day, we heard you in the events that happened today, we were with you, working and making things better according to your will. As we lie down to rest, grant to us and those we love your protection and blessing that we may awake rested and joyful in your presence. Amen.

End with the concluding prayer on page 98.

Saturday

Listen, Israel: the Lord, our God, is One Lord. And you shall

love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. Engrave on your heart the com- mandments that I pass on to you today. Repeat them over and over to your children, speak of them when you are at home and when you travel, when you lie down and when you rise.

—Deuteronomy 6:4-7.

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in your love, you brought us to the end of this day. Inflame our love for you with all our heart, soul and strength; and may we put this love into practice in our concern for one another, especially in our learning community. Bless us this night, refresh us with your Spirit, engrave your words on our hearts. Amen.

Concluding Prayer Now, O Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace for you have fulfilled your word and my eyes have seen your salvation, which you display for all the people to see. Here is the light you will reveal to the nations and the glory of your people, Israel. —Luke 1:29-32

Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.

Lord, you have accompanied us throughout this day, and you brought us to the end of another day of learning and living together in a new language.

  • I thank you, Lord, for this gift of learning English

both in the classroom and in our daily life.

At the end of this day,

  • I lift up to you all our work and study, all our effort, even our failures and discouragement.

Grant us the rest our bodies need that we may awake refreshed and strengthened to begin again another day of English with you and our brothers. Amen.

Hail Mary…

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Healing Prayer

Lord Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, go back into my memory as I sleep. Every hurt that has ever been done to me, heal that hurt. Every hurt that I have ever caused another person, heal that hurt. All the relationships that have been damaged in my whole life that I am not aware of, heal those relationships. But, O Lord, if there is anything that I need to do, if I need to go to someone because he or she is still suffering from my hand, bring to my awareness that person. I choose to forgive, and I ask to be forgiven. Remove whatever bitterness may be in my heart, Lord, and fill the empty spaces with your love. Amen.

When Sad

Father, at times, I cannot help feeling sad, especially when I am alone or when I have some problems in my study, and sometimes, I just feel sad for no reason at all. Send me your Spirit, Lord, to console me; give me the joy that comes from knowing that you love me and care for me. Let me feel your loving presence to make me smile. Amen.

When Feeling Homesick

Jesus, you experienced being away from the Father when you became one like us. You also experienced living in a foreign land

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with Joseph and Mary in Egypt.

Now, as I live away from my family,

I

cannot help but feel homesick—

I

miss our place, our home, my family.

I

miss the times I spent with my family, chatting or playing,

or just being together. Though poor, we were very happy. Don’t let sadness or loneliness overwhelm me; instead, give joy to my heart and console me with the knowledge that you are always with us, blessing my family and me.

 

Amen.

When Overwhelmed by Problems

God, loving Father,

you want only what is good for us.

thank you for bringing me to this Claretian community as part of my vocation journey.

I

I

know that there will always be problems in life,

but may these not overwhelm me. Strengthen my faith in you that I may lift them all up to you. Give me the courage to follow your call in spite of the uncertainty that lies ahead. Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.

When Sick

O Jesus, you went around healing the sick and making people whole; you want us to live life to the full and be happy. Now that I am sick, specially as I am far from my family,

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come and be with me, let me feel your loving presence, touch me with your healing hands and drive away the illness that keeps me on this bed, so that renewed and strengthened with your Spirit, I may return to class and be with my brothers. Amen.

Special Occasions Engrave on your heart the commandments that I pass on to you today. Repeat

Special

Occasions

Engrave on your heart the commandments that I pass on to you today. Repeat them over and over to your children, speak of them when you are at home and when you travel, when you lie down and when you rise. Brand them on your hand as a sign, and keep them always before your eyes. Engrave them on your doorposts and on your city gates. —Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Novena to the Immaculate Heart for the Gift of Vocations

  • 1. Opening Song

2. Opening Prayers Leader. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. All. Amen. Leader. O God, our Father, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, you gave St. Anthony Mary Claret a great love for Jesus, your Son, that inspired him to found the Congrega- tion of Missionaries for your glory and the salvation of peoples. As you gathered around Father Claret companions for this great enterprise, you have chosen us to follow him as apostolic missionaries throughout the world. Open our hearts that we may respond to your call to set the world on fire with your love. Through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

3. Song

  • 4. Novena Prayer

Leader. Brothers, as sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our mother and foundress of our Congregation, we are gathered as one family with her to entreat her to nurture and strengthen our vocation as Claretian Missionaries. All. Holy Mary, our Mother, as we add to our name the initials CMF, Cordis Mariae Filius. May this not be just an external detail, but as an expression of our new identity: our be - ing Missionaries, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the concrete way of our being men, Christians, religious, ordained ministers and apostles. Our charismatic name expresses the new mission to which we are called: to be your arms through the Word of God, of which we are listen- ers and servants.

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Reader 1. Our name emphasizes our condition as sons and brothers. It shows that we are human beings loved by God the Father and by you, our mother, in the Spirit. Reader 2. We are called to participate in the life of God, graced by the Spirit with filial and brotherly characteristics: dig- nity, liberty, confidence, joy, tenderness, compassion and solidarity. Reader 3. This allows us to face with hope the challenges of our mission and our personal and community life and not be like those who only rely on their own strength, methods or accomplishments. All. Holy Mary, our Mother, may our experience as sons give meaning to our special commitment to your Heart. Help us to truly offer ourselves in special service to your Immaculate Heart in order to fulfil the aim for which this Congregation has been established in the Church. Reader 4. To be sons of your Immaculate Heart means to be seekers of your glory, you who desire that all your sons and daughters live with dignity and fulfilment and in harmony with all of creation. Reader 5. As sons of your Immaculate Heart, we do not follow Jesus alone because as members of the Congregation, we form a new charismatic family raised by the Spirit in the Church. Reader 6. Because we are sons we are also brothers, brought together to share the same plan of evangelical life. Reader 7. We live in a network of multiple belongings in the family, the society and the church, but our belonging to Christ, expressed in the vocation we share in the Congre - gation, takes the first place over all. All. Therefore, help us realize that we do not join the Congre - gation through a contract which we are able to rescind at will, that we are not part of an association in which we

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dedicate part of our time and energy. We are a new family in the Spirit which is not based on flesh and blood but on love and in listening to, welcoming, and proclaiming the Word of God. Our new relationship and our community life is symbolized and realized in the Eucharist and is nourished by prayer, family lifestyle, co-responsibility in government and collaboration in the common mission.

5. Petitions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Holy Mary, pray for us. Holy Virgin, conceived without sin, pray for us. Holy Mary, mother of Christ and our mother, pray for us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary,

form us in the forge of your Heart.

That we be open to the Holy Spirit, our first Formator, in the process of our formation, That we treasure and keep our vocation alive by our faithful- ness in our daily life, That we grow in our formation in discipleship until we are conformed with Christ, That the gift of vocation we have received allow us to over- come temptations fed by our laziness and superficiality, That we accept suffering and difficulty in our life to be one with Jesus crucified, That we learn to live as one family in our formation community, That we find joy in our life in community in spite of being away from our own families, That we center our life on Jesus, specially in the Eucharist, That we set ourselves alight in prayer like Claret to spur us on to work and to suffer for the Gospel, That we be responsible in using the time you give us in our

everyday life, That we pray with fervor, study with enthusiasm, play with joy, work with energy, and do everything in your name,

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That we be open to our formators, who accompany us in our vocation journey, That we be sensitive to the needs of our brothers in the com- munity and be concerned for the good of everyone, That we be thankful for whatever food we receive for our daily sustenance and strength, That we always be of good cheer with a smile on our face, That we be ready to extend a helping hand to anyone in need, a listening ear to those who are lonely, and a heart open to love everyone, That we be conscious in our use of the material resources at our disposal, specially in our use of water and electricity, That the missionary love that has been granted to us be imagi- native and creative, That we fix our gaze on those who are excluded from the love of others and who suffer terrible consequences of injustice, That we get closer to them and stay with them, that we let ourselves be touched and accompanied by them, That we may center ourselves on these values throughout our life and formative journey to purify our motivation, illumi- nate our perplexity and direct all that we are and do for the greater glory of God and the salvation of all,

O Heart of Mary, furnace and instrument of love,

kindle in us the love of God and neighbor.

St. Anthony Mary Claret,

accompany us whom the Father calls to this great en-

terprise.

Blessed Claretian Martyrs,

pray for us whom the Father calls in our Mother Con- gregation.

All. O Immaculate Heart of Mary, make us your faithful sons in response to the call of God we have received. Bless our

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Claretian Congregation with new vocations to be Sons of your Immaculate Heart. Intercede before the Lord that all the Missionary Sons of your Heart persevere unto the end in proclaiming the Gospel. Amen.

6. Prayer for the Congregation

Leader. The Congregation, as our tradition says, is the “Mother Congregation.” Towards her we bear feelings of gratitude, respect, loyalty, and dedication. It is moving to note that “mother” is the title most used by the Martyrs of Barbastro when speaking of the Congregation. In them, like in an icon, we find gathered all the basic elements which make up our identity: love for Jesus Christ, for the Heart of Mary and the Church, missionary zeal, devotion to the Word and to the Eucharist, a sense of community, a preference for the poor. All. Mary, your formed us as your sons in the forge of your Immaculate Heart as we share in the same vocation. The diversity of gifts and functions enriches our common life and mission, and commits us to promote and nurture all these vocational paths. As your Congregation today has many faces with brothers from different countries, ethnicities, languages and cultures, may be live in unity amidst diversity as we respond faithfully to the gift of love for God and one another as the basis of our communion. Let us enkindle the charismatic fire of our origins to express and build up the global community of the Missionaries, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Pray that the Father send us the Spirit, who distributes his gifts and unites diversity, to strengthen our ties and bring forth a new body, our Claretian community, as a living sign of the Kingdom. Amen.

7. Song

8. The Magnificat

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Leader. Mary’s song is the song of the prophet and of the missionary, and of all those who put themselves in your hands. Let us, with Mary, ask God that we be parables of love and mercy, and to oppose everything that denies or seeks to obscure his love, that wants to reach everyone. May we grow as missionaries and consolidate our identity as a missionary community. Reader 1. O God, with Mary we acknowledge that you have blessed us with your grace that makes us great in your sight. You have filled us with the gift of your presence in our lives marked by poverty, suffering or weeping, brimming with compassion, transparent, committed to justice, persecuted for remaining faithful to the message of the Kingdom, and always opening up new horizons in our life and making it a vessel that brings hope. All. My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour. He looks on his servant in her lowliness; henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

Silent reflection.

Reader 2. Mary’s song reveals a faith that becomes a prophecy of hope, and encourages a commitment that seeks to make a reality today what is proclaimed as a promise from you who are always faithful to your word. Such an amazing experience of grace refuses to stay locked up inside our hearts, may we proclaim it and therefore multiply, and in so doing, become a source of hope for many. All. The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy his name! His mercy is from age to age, on those who fear him.

Silent reflection.

Reader 3. Merciful God, you are faithful to your promises and

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your heart is on the little ones, even as you guarantee freedom for the oppressed and excluded. All. He puts forth his arm in strength and scatters the proud-hearted. He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly.

Silent reflection.

Reader 4. We see in Mary’s conviction that your presence will transform the harsh reality of those who are hungry, humiliated and exploited because your presence is always a transforming presence, as she herself has experienced, being made the mother of your Son, who accompanied him on the way to Calvary and until at the foot of the cross, trying to make your dream a reality. All. He fills the starving with good things, sends the rich away empty.

Silent reflection.

Reader 5. We discover in Mary’s awareness of being one of her people that the blessing you bestowed upon her will be a blessing for us since you always keep your promises and will now do it through her who totally surrenders to your plan. All. He protects Israel, his servant, remembering his mercy, the mercy promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his sons for ever.

Silent reflection.

9. Our Father

Leader. Your blessing is a blessing that will reach all the de - scendents of Abraham forever, indicating the universality of your love as our Father. All. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in

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heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

10. Concluding Prayer

Leader. Our Father in heaven, make our community a welcom- ing family as we are formed in the forge of Mary’s Heart, and may we, as Claretians, live and proclaim the Gospel of love, justice and peace, and do what is most urgent, opportune

and effective according to your will. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen.

11. End Song

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Prayer for Healing the Family Tree

John H. Hampsch CMF

Heavenly Father, I come before you as your child, in great need of your help. I have physical health needs, emotional needs, spiritual needs, and interpersonal needs. Many of my problems have been caused by my own failures, neglect and sinfulness, for which I humbly beg your forgiveness, Lord. But I also ask you to forgive the sins of my ancestors whose failures have left their effects on me in the form of unwanted tenden- cies, behavior patterns and defects in body, mind and spirit. Heal me, Lord, of all these disorders. With your help I sincerely forgive everyone, especially living or dead members of my family tree, who have directly offended me or my loved ones in any way, or those whose sins have resulted in our present sufferings and disorders. In the name

of your divine Son, Jesus, and in the power of his Holy Spirit,

  • I ask you, Father, to deliver me and my entire family tree from

the influence of the evil one. Free all living and dead members

of my family tree, including those in adoptive relationships, and those in extended family relationships, from every con - taminating form of bondage. By your loving concern for us, heavenly Father, and by the shed blood of your precious Son,

Jesus, I beg you to extend your blessing to me and all my living and deceased relatives. Heal every negative effect transmitted through all past generations, and prevent such negative effects in future generations of my family tree. I symbolically place the cross of Jesus over the head of each person in my family tree, and between each generation;

  • I ask you to let the cleansing blood of Jesus purify the blood lines in my family lineage. Set your protective angels to en-

camp around us, and permit Archangel Raphael, the patron of healing, to administer your divine healing power to all of us, even in areas of genetic disability. Give special power to our

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family members’ guardian angels to heal, protect, guide and encourage each of us in all our needs. Let your healing power be released at this very moment and let it continue as long as your sovereignty permits. In our family tree, Lord, replace all bondage with a holy bonding in family love. And let there be an ever deeper bond- ing with you, Lord, by the Holy Spirit, to your Son Jesus. Let the family of the Holy Trinity pervade our family with its tender, warm, loving presence, so that our family may recognize and manifest that love in all our relationships. All of our unknown needs we include with this petition that we pray in Jesus’ pre - cious Name. Amen.

A Birthday Prayer

God, our Father, you gave us life

and made us share in your Breath—the Spirit, dwelling in us.

  • I celebrate my birthday today; thank you, Lord, for the gift of life. You have been with me throughout the years

and have always accompanied me

in my life’s journey, even to this community.

  • I thank you for the many people you sent into my life—

they who love and care for me; we are your special gifts to one another. How I wish I could be with my family on this special day! But you have given me a new family—the Claretian community. Make this day a day of blessing for my loved ones and me, and for all my brothers in my new family:

bind us all in your love and make us faithful to you and to one another. Amen.

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To Proclaim the Gospel

Lord Jesus Christ, you have given your Church the mission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations. May our efforts to fulfill this mission be guided by the Holy Spirit so that we might be a leaven of new life, salt of the earth, and a light of the world — worthy missionaries and faithful to you. Make us valiant witnesses to the faith of the Church, and inspire us to speak the truth with love. Help us to communicate to others the joy that we have received. Allow us to be united but not closed, humble but not fearful, simple but not naïve, thoughtful but not overbearing, contemporary but not superficial, respectful of others but boldly your disciples. May we bear into the world the hope of God, which is Christ the Lord, who rose from the dead and lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

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A Blessing of the Class or Group

1. Opening Song 2. Opening Prayer

Leader. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. All. Amen. Leader. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all, now and for ever. All. Amen.

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Leader. We are a family. God called us from our own different families to be brothers to one another in our Claretian community in mission, where we are forged as sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our mother. It is in this class (or group) that we study together and learn how to be Claretian Missionaries. We support and belong to one another and, in various ways, we remember and pray for one another. We join now to give thanks to our God and to ask God’s blessing on our class (or group).

3. Reading

Reader. A reading from the Letter of Paul to the Colossians (Col 3:12-17). 12 Clothe yourselves, then, as is fitting for God’s chosen people, holy and beloved of him. Put on compassion, kind- ness, humility, meekness and patience 13 to bear with one another and forgive whenever there is any occasion to do so. As the Lord has forgiven you, forgive one another. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 May the peace of Christ overflow in your hearts; for this end you were called to be one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you in all its richness. Teach and admonish one another with words of wisdom. With thankful hearts sing to God psalms, hymns, and spontaneous praise. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it in the Name of Jesus, the Lord, giving thanks to God the Father through him. The word of the Lord. All. Thanks be to God.

Other Scripture passages may be read in place of the one given

above. There will some moments for silent reflection after the

reading.

4. Sharing

Some may share their reflection.

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5. Shared Intercession

After a time of silence, all offer prayers of intercession.

6. Our Father

Then all join hands for the Lord’s Prayer.

7. Concluding Prayer

Leader. O God, you have called us in your love to be messengers of the joy of the Gospel in the style of Father Claret. Shower your blessings on our class (or group) gathered here in your name. Give us the light and wisdom of your Spirit that we may study diligently. Make us responsive to the needs of others, and witnesses to the faith in all we say and do. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen. Or ... Leader. In good times and in bad, in times of joy and of sad- ness, we are brothers to one another, even as you are our Father in heaven. By morning and by night may your name be on our lips, a blessing to all our days: so may kindness and patience be ever among us, a hunger for justice, and songs of thankfulness in all we do: our study, work, recre - ation, prayer and rest. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. All. Amen. Or ...

Leader. You willed, Lord, that we meet one another in this class (or group) and gathered us together in this community. As we live as one Claretian community in mission, bind us as one family of God in our love and concern for one another. May your love reign in this house. All. Amen.

The leader may sprinkle all with holy water, or each one may take holy water and make the sign of the cross. Leader. May the Lord Jesus, who lived with his holy family in

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Nazareth, dwell also with our class, keep us from all evil, and make all of us one in heart and mind. All. Amen. Leader. Let us bless the Lord. All. Thanks be to God.

8. End Song

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Bible Enthronement Prayer Service

Reverently place the open Bible on a bookstand or the altar. You may add other sacramentals to this display such as a candle,

crucifix, icon, flowers or plants. The enthroned Bible will serve

as a powerful symbol of God’s living word and as a reminder to

make scriptural reflection and prayer a regular part of your life.

1. Opening Song

2. Opening Prayer Leader. We gather together to honor the Book of the Church, the sacred Scriptures. We believe that through these in- spired writings, God speaks to us. We believe that through the word of God we are taught, encouraged, and chal- lenged. We pray that this enthroned Bible may be for us a constant reminder to seek God’s word, to learn from its saving truth, and to apply it to our lives each day. So we begin our celebration in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. All. Amen. Reader 1. Our Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Word of the Father. All. Come, Lord Jesus, come. Reader 2. You became one with us to tell of the Father’s love. All. Come, Lord Jesus, come. Reader 3. You are the light that shines in the darkness.

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All. Come, Lord Jesus, come. Reader 4